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Government Trustees to Amedspor: Change your name or we will cut your budget

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Allegations have been made that Cumali Atilla, who was appointed as guardian of Diyarbakır’s metropolitan municipal government, requested that Amedspor change its name, or lose the funds allocated to the club, Diken reported.

According to a piece published in Dihaber, Atilla made the name change a precondition of Amedspor receiving municipal funding that has been allocated for the sports club.

Having previously operated under the name of Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Sports, on October 8 2014 the team—established under the municipal government—changed its name to Amed Athletic Soccer Team.

Amedspor, which competes in the 2nd League’s White Group, continues to use facilities allotted by the metropolitan municipal government.

‘I cannot change the club’s name to Edemen Sports just because I want to do so’

Amedspor President Nurullah Edemen emphasized the importance of respecting their name: “The club had an income from the budget allocated to amateur sports clubs by the municipalities. The budget partially relieved our burden. The municipality worked to support us within the framework of the operations allowed by existing legal structures. This was not unique to us. Local governments supported their sports clubs in every town in Turkey. The municipality should use the people’s money to support the people’s teams. This club is a football team, after all. It should not be linked to politics. I cannot change the club’s name to Edemen Sports just because I want to do so.”

In the meeting Atilla held in the municipal building with Edemen and the seven-member delegation that constitutes the board of directors, he indicated that he wanted to be on the club’s board of directors.

Atilla was told that the leadership, which would be chosen by the general assembly, would not be open to outside membership.

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