Bezen & Partners has successfully represented Turkish football player Omer Kerim Ali Riza in a dispute with the Turkish Football Federation before The European Court of Human Rights.
According to Bezen & Partners, the ECHR decided that the Turkish Football Federation had violated Article 6/1 (Right to a Fair Hearing) of the European Convention on Human Rights in its decision rendered in respect of Ali Riza, a former Turkish professional football player.
In its reasoning, the ECHR found that the TFF’s Board of Directors, which had always largely consisted of members or executives of football clubs, had too strong an influence over the organization and functioning of the Arbitration Committee. The ECHR also ruled that the governing legislation of the TFF did not provide sufficient safeguards to protect members of the Arbitration Committee from outside influence.
The Bezen & Partners team consisted of Managing Partner Serdar Bezen and Senior Associate Zekican Samli.