Fenerbahçe sports club's debt over $650M
The club held a financial plenary session at the football team's home ground Ulker Stadium to announce that Fenerbahçe had incurred a debt of $661.6 million (3.5 billion Turkish liras) as of Dec. 31, 2018.
It is said that the debt for 2017 was 2.8 billion Turkish liras ($767 million).
The club's vice president, Burhan Karaçam said during Sunday's meeting that the rise of foreign currencies against the lira has taken a toll on the club.
The club generally pays its players in foreign currencies.
Karaçam said that even a slight loss of the lira value against foreign currencies causes tens of millions of dollars of damages in an annual term.
He added that the club's revenue for 2018 was 1.5 billion liras ($311 million).
As of Monday, June 17, 2019, the U.S. dollar rate in Turkey is 5.89 Turkish liras.
An official from an independent auditor, Kaan Birdal, who joined Sunday's session, warned Fenerbahçe about this extravagant debt as this raises questions on the club's financial sustainability.
Established in 1907 in Istanbul, Fenerbahçe is one of the biggest clubs in Turkey and has competed in many branches such as football, basketball and volleyball.
Fenerbahçe is among the most popular football clubs in Turkey as 4.3 million users follow the club on Instagram and 6.6 million people follow it on Twitter.