Cuneyt Cakir

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Cuneyt Cakir

Cüneyt Çakır (b. 23 November 1976, Istanbul) Turkish football referee.

The Background and Relationships

He has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2006, and registered in Istanbul, Kadikoy discrict.

He is owner of a insurance agent which is in Kadikoy that is symbolised by Fenerbahce in Turkish Football Leauge.[1]

He was invited to mentor course by UEFA in 2007 and after training there he began to be assigned international matches.

Published Claims

  • According to Turkish daily Radikal report based on police records, Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim allegedly called the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), before his team’s derby match between Besiktas and Fenerbahce and said Appoint Cuneyt Cakir to the derby match, and send me Cuneyt ! The February 20, 2011 derby, which was officiated by Cuneyt Cakir and ended in a 4-2 win for Fenerbahce, was seen as one of the more important milestones in the Fenerbahce’ march to the eventual championship. [3][4]
  • Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim had called the TFF prior to a game against Ankaragucu and asked again for referee Cuneyt Cakir to be appointed to officiate the game, which subsequently happened.[5] On 15 May 2011, according to final court decision on Match-Fixing Scandal; former Fenerbahce player Cemil Turan is also alleged to have offered $300,000 as bribe to Ankaragücü players ahead of a match which Fenerbahce SK won 6-0. Cuneyt Cakir showed a red card to Ankaragucu's Goalkeeper Senecky in 28th minute of the match and awarded three penalty kicks to Fenerbahce. [6][7]
Three Fenerbahce SK fans: Cuneyt Cakir(Referee), Mehmet Ali Aydinlar (President of TFF), Senez Erzik (Vise President of UEFA) were on the presentation podium for him. December 20, 2011
  • On 20 December 2011, a reception and press presentation in his honor was held by Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in Istanbul. The meeting also honored by Fenerbahce SK' famous club members; Mehmet Ali Aydinlar the President of TFF and Senez Erzik the Vise President of UEFA. But real reason for this strange meeting was not never understood. [8][9]


  1. Sabah; 27 July 2010
  2. Aktif Haber; 21 December 2011
  3. Hurriyet Daily News; 5 July 2011
  4. Radikal; 7 July 2011
  5. Milliyet; 9 July 2011
  6. TFF Official Database
  7. Inside World Football; 8 July 2011
  8. CNNTURK; 21 December 2011
  9. Gazete Port; 21 December 2011
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