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Gaziantep FK withdraw from Turkish Super Lig this season following quakes

Gaziantep FK, the premier football team in one of the provinces of southeastern Türkiye hit hard by last week’s earthquakes, have announced their withdrawal from the Turkish Super Lig for the current season.

“Our struggle continues to heal the wounds of the earthquake disaster that affected our province and 9 neighbouring provinces on Feb. 6, 2023. After such a disaster, we cannot even talk about football,” the club wrote on their official website on Sunday.

“It does not seem possible for our club to continue its sporting activities under all these difficult conditions. With a decision taken by our Board of Directors, Gaziantep FK has decided to withdraw from the Super Lig and Ziraat Turkish Cup competitions for the 2022-2023 season,” the statement added.

On Saturday, the club of another quake-hit province, TFF Lig team Adanaspor from Adana, announced their withdrawal from the league as well.

Accepting the withdrawal requests, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has decided that all such clubs will be deemed defeated (3-0) in the remaining matches of the 2022-2023 season and can resume play in their respective leagues the following season.

Over 29,500 people were killed by two strong earthquakes that jolted southeastern Türkiye last Monday, according to the latest official figures.

The 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude quakes, centred in the Kahramanmaras province, were felt by 13 million people across 10 provinces, including Adana, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.

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