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By ESPN Staff
Nov 7, 2007

Besiktas may axe players after record defeat

ISTANBUL, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Besiktas could axe some of their players after the Turkish side's record Champions League defeat by Liverpool, club president Yildirim Demiroren was quoted as saying by leading Turkish daily Hurriyet on Wednesday.

Liverpool broke a Champions League scoreline record with an 8-0 drubbing of Besiktas at Anfield on Tuesday, prompting Demiroren to suggest a team reshuffle was on the cards.

'We may have to part ways with some of our players. Besiktas' interests come above everything else,' the newspaper quoted Demiroren as saying.

'We will have our board of directors meeting on Monday and we will act according to their decision,' he said.

Besiktas beat Liverpool 2-1 in their last match in Istanbul but Tuesday's defeat filled out a record of having won only once away from home in 10 Champions League fixtures.

Last month's win over Liverpool was only Besiktas's sixth victory in 21 Champions League games and their first at home for four years. They had already lost to Marseille and Porto this season.

Turkish newspapers showed pictures of Besiktas' training staff with their heads in their hands. Critics were unforgiving.

'If only we had sent a second division team. At least we would have respected their innocence, their future and dreams, and we would have shared their disappointments,' said columnist Attila Gokce at liberal daily Milliyet.