According to the decision taken by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) Board of Directors before the new season, clubs can play a maximum of 8 foreign players on the field at the same time.
Beşiktaş Coach Sergen Yalçın said in a statement to the broadcaster after the Gaziantep match that he did not find the new foreign rule correct.
Yalçın said, “We had to add another Turk while we were putting Batshuayi into the game. It’s a meaningless rule. If you won’t play, why are you letting a foreign player in? Isn’t it a pity for this country’s money?” He criticized the foreign player rule with his statements.
Fans and commentators also criticized the decision of the new foreign player, on the grounds that the coaches reduced the “chance of moves”, especially in the substitution.
The rule imposes an obligation to have 3 Turkish players on the field.
According to the decision taken by the TFF, Super League clubs can have a maximum of 14 foreign players in their squads in the 2021-2022 season. Teams can include a maximum of 8 foreign players on the field at the same time.
Thus, teams are obliged to have at least 3 Turkish players on the field. The coaches, who assign 8 foreign players on the field at the same time, have to remove another foreign player from the game if they are going to take a foreign player into the game during the change.
Clubs that can recruit a maximum of 12 foreign players in the 2022-2023 season, and a maximum of 10 foreign players in 2023-2024, will be able to field a maximum of 7 foreign players in the 2022-2023 season, and a maximum of 6 foreign players in 2023-2024.