Aytekin Kaan Kurtul is a PhD candidate in the field of law at Middlesex University, London. His research interests include freedom of political expression, children’s right to free speech, presumption of innocence, peoples’ right to economic self-determination and unilateral coercive measures.
In the loving memory of my uncle, Orhan Kaçmaz (28. 02. 1957 – 16. 06. 2021), a die-hard Beşiktaş fan.
Background and facts
Football has always been more than just a game. This has never been truer for Turkey where politics and obscure cults have been deeply entrenched in the management of the lucrative football industry since the late 1990s. Hence, when the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “ECtHR” and “the Court”) received the applications of two executives of a popular sports club, it had to consider not only the structure of a sports governing body, but also a series of trials held in a volatile political environment. In consequence, in order to understand the significance of the ECtHR’s recent judgment in Ekşioğlu and Mosturoğlu v Turkey, it is important to recall what happened after the police raided the house of a 58-year-old businessman in 2011.Continue reading