Galatasaray President Burak Elmas is making statements about the agenda of the yellow and red club at the Nef Stadium Press Conference Room.
We are streaming Burak Elmas’s statements live:
“I AM NOT A CANDIDATE FOR THE ELECTION”
I hope this is my last appearance as president. Let me clarify the subject that everyone is speculating; I was not a candidate in the election on April 30, and I am not a candidate in the election on June 11. There have been speculations, although I have told those who asked about these two elections before. I wanted to say that to block them out.
“WE HAVE MISTAKES”
I would like to respond to some of the speeches at the last council meeting. I would like to state that we are struggling with the ugliness spoken behind closed doors. We took part in a difficult period to unite Galatasaray and to raise it financially and morally. During our short tenure, we made moves that would affect the future of Galatasaray. We made mistakes, but we didn’t change our strategy.
WHAT WAS DONE DURING THE PRESIDENCY?
We have made serious financial and managerial moves for Galatasaray to be the first big club to pay its debts. The first of these was the team cost in the football branch. The cost, which was 50 million euros when we arrived, decreased to 27 million euros at the beginning of this season. We reduced this cost by leaving out the loan players and sending the high cost players. We paid 85 million TL of overdue debt. We received a discount from overdue debts of TL 21 million. We went to reconciliation by getting a 16 million TL discount on the debts. We have done projects related to our real estate. We have brought Galatasaray Island, which has been going on for a long time and could not be resolved, into the ownership of our club, as it belongs, by following legal cases.
We have obtained the necessary permissions for the Kemerburgaz project, the new management will be able to start this project. In addition, we made an agreement with Emlak Konut to purchase a land that is 3 times our land for Florya, a project that can pay off Galatasaray’s debts. All of these are very important moves for the future of Galatasaray.
At Sportif AŞ, we created 25 million euros in revenue and reduced debt by 5 million euros. These are issues that no one cares about, that do not attract attention, but that concern the future of Galatasaray. We reduced total liabilities by 10%. Recognition of the right work done is denied.
In the name of corporateness, we established the human resources department, which has not existed for years. We created an additional 25 million TL revenue in digital. We have completed the projects that will increase the income of Galatasaray TV and brought them to the implementation stage.
A result came out in the ordinary general assembly and we declared an election as a requirement. Later, a number of lawsuits were filed. We conducted our defense with the two presidential candidates who were candidates at that time, the chairpersons of the council and the general assembly council. As a result of the opening on the last day, our election was cancelled.
“IF YOU LOSE YOUR VALUES, YOU LOSE EVERYTHING”
All parties tried to take the process we took with sincerity to another place. First of all, the chairman of the council board organized an extraordinary meeting. Despite our negative feedback. At this meeting, a member insulted the Galatasaray presidential council. The chairman of the board did not interfere with this. I have Galatasaray values booklet, it is very important. If you lose your values, you will lose everything. We have seen recently that these values can be given up very quickly for personal powers.
“WE CONTINUED TO TALK IN SILENCE”
Mr. Helvacı made very bitter statements. He is one of the leading people in signing the island contract. It is among the people who make the subject of the regulation, which has serious problems. During the general assembly held during Adnan Polat’s term, the chairman did not stand up while speaking, but continued to sit at the board of directors’ table and applaud the negative speeches. Mr. Metin Öztürk called me the trustee chairman and ignored the positive works we did and the meetings we had with them. He said that there would be no release in February and an election in March, and he worked for his own power. We have not responded to these until today, they continued to speak as we remained silent.
“THANK YOU SO MUCH TO MY FAMILY”
I thank my family throughout this process. There were serious attacks on them. There were unjustified insults. They had a more difficult period. I was nominated for this job, they did not. They were with me until the last moment.
THE WORDS OF ABDURRAHİM ALBAYRAK AND YUSUF GUNAY
Let’s come to Abdurrahim Albayrak and Yusuf Günay, who got my family involved in that council meeting. I will tell you what kind of personality Abdurrahim is. He thanked Metin Sinan Aslan, whom he accused of being biased and malicious twice in the lawsuit they filed after he was not released on April 16, 2019, and who he talked about over a speech he did not make, for his management in the general assembly, where we were not released. Let’s look at what the people who disregarded the general assembly administration and set out to gain followers with their tweets ‘not a penny but a stance’. After being released, they continued to manage Galatasaray for two years. The council remained silent about the lynching of some of our young high school members. They caused us to experience financial and moral difficulties due to the crisis about Oğulcan, which is said to be bought for free. After that, they came out and made accusations about my family. From now on, we will not be silent about them.
“YES, WE DID NOT DO THE RIGHT WORK IN THE SHORT TERM”
Yes, we did not do the right things in the short term, but we also have good works. I said to our candidates, ‘I will not be a candidate, do not mess with me and my friends’, but they continue to try to gain power by messing with me. I will not remain silent from now on, but I will not be a part of this game and will continue to struggle with it.
ALLEGED COOPERATION WITH ILLEGAL BETTING GANGS
I also filed a criminal complaint against those who cooperated with illegal betting gangs on whether there would be an election in Galatasaray. We tried to talk about everything openly and transparently. Every issue we opened caused discomfort to someone. I said that if Turkish football is not managed correctly, if the brand value does not increase, it is impossible for the clubs that owe this much to get out of here. Galatasaray made the first statement regarding the premature dismissal of the referees, the reason for which is unknown. Galatasaray made the first call regarding the resignation of our Federation President. This struggle must be waged for the survival of all clubs, not just Galatasaray. There may be those who say, ‘Why did you open so many fronts?’ We did not remain silent to protect our seat, we struggled to make things right. Whatever it was, we had to do it.