Lawyer of Legia Warsaw striker: his life is in danger in Poland

  • The whole thing started because the fans beat Legia Warszawa’s players after the defeat by Wisła Płock
  • According to Mahir Emreli’s agent, on January 4 he sent documents to the club regarding the termination of the contract
  • – We are well prepared and I believe we would win. Such matters are rare – says Anil Dincer in an interview with “Przegląd Sportowy”
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MACIEJ KALISZUK: Is it true that Mahir Emreli intends to terminate the contract with Legia?

ANIL DINCER (MAHIR EMRELE’S LAWYER): We want to come to an agreement on this. On January 4, we sent a letter to the club on this matter.

Are you actually asking for the full amount that Emreli could have earned by the end of the contract?

We are waiting for the club’s proposal as to the terms of termination of the contract, but Legia activists want Mahir to return. They apologize, admit that this attack should not have happened. They know what will happen if the case goes to FIFA. They are ready to protect him, but since the police did not protect him then, how are we to believe that it would be effective now?

If you don’t come to an agreement, will you go to FIFA?

Of course. We haven’t done this yet. We took a certain risk without deciding to do so.

Are you sure you will win the legal battle?

No, but we are well prepared and I believe we would win. Such things are rare. Previously, FIFA dealt with a similar case of Spas Delew (when he wanted to terminate the contract with Beroe Stara Zagora and signed a new one with Pogoń Szczecin – editorial note) and issued a verdict in favor of the club, but then CAS (Arbitration Tribunal for Sport – editorial note). ) changed him in favor of a footballer.

How long would it take?

Normally such cases are settled by FIFA in 6-7 months, but if there were an appeal to CAS, it could take 2-3 years. It would be a complicated matter, the documentation is 200 pages long.

Are you not afraid that such a dispute could adversely affect the career of a footballer, if he did not appear anywhere while waiting for the decision?

In such a case, we would apply for a temporary license to play the game. We are aware that all this could continue, but the most important thing is not to play in Poland anymore, because his life is at risk there. The fans on the bus specifically attacked him.

Why do you think so? Maybe he was unlucky that he was hit and not someone else.

No, they attacked the foreigners on purpose. Mahir was sitting in seat number 16, in the center of the vehicle. If the attackers had beaten as much as possible, why didn’t they hit the players who took their seats at the entrance? In addition, she has recently been receiving threats from fans on social media. They write to him: “You’ll see what happens when you come to Warsaw.” Not only he is in danger, but also his family, because he lives with his sister. If they’ve attacked him once, what are they going to do next time? Legia fans have a dark history, they attacked the players in the parking lot before, attacked Ajax fans or the English police during the match against Leicester.

It’s true, but fights with fans of other clubs are not related to the case, and Legia is not responsible for what people identifying with her do outside the club.

But he is responsible for the safety of the players on the coach. It’s a workplace, just like club facilities where players have been robbed in the past. Besides, why wasn’t Mahir defended when he was attacked?

Because the others on the bus were afraid.

If my friend was attacked by someone, I would stand up for him.

“The scale of attacks in Legia is greater than elsewhere”

Had Mahir received any threats prior to the attack?

No, but he knew what could happen, he was scared.

Emreli does not want to play in Poland anymore, but attacks on players happen, unfortunately, not only in our country. As a Turk, you know it from your home country.

This is true, but the scale of these attacks in Legia is greater than elsewhere.

You said in the Azeri media that the attack on Emreli could have been racist.

I’m not one hundred percent sure it was, but they attacked the foreigners on purpose.

You mentioned that the Armenians might have been behind the attack. Do you really believe that?

If there were Armenians among the fans, it could be so, but again I’m not sure.

“Whom to believe?”

I am sure there were no Armenians among the hooligans and I doubt they were interested in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. You also did not rule out that the attack was organized by Legia.

In our letter, I asked the club this question. I do not want to make this accusation, I hope that Legia did not organize it. But if the police escorted the coach, how did the hooligans get to it? In general, it is a strange matter, because the police announced that she was not there, and Legia said otherwise. Two different statements, who to believe? And if the police were there and saw these criminals get on the bus, why didn’t they do anything?

Is Emreli not going to start training after all?

We have two opinions from psychologists, one from Turkey and the other from Azerbaijan, that at the moment he cannot exercise because he would not be able to focus on them during classes.

There is a lot of speculation in the media about clubs interested in it.

I told the Azerbaijani media that they were doing wrong because they were destroying the footballer. It is lies that we are talking to someone. He still has a contract with Legia, so he cannot negotiate with anyone.

You as a lawyer must say that, but I don’t really believe his agent isn’t looking for a club for him.

Again, it is not true that we are talking to other clubs. Plus, when you negotiate with someone, everyone will know it.

Can you imagine that Emreli will leave the normal way, that is, he will be sold to another club?

We are still waiting for Legia’s position on the termination of the contract, but we have not received any offer. The other party didn’t say they were able to sell it for some amount, they just insisted he came back.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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