Turkish football fans could be allowed back into stadiums by July, the country's football federation chief has revealed.

Nihat Ozdemir is optimistic the Super Lig campaign will be able to resume on June 12, when games will initially take place behind closed doors.

There are eight rounds of games still to be played in the Turkish top flight, and Istanbul is then due to stage the Champions League final, which reportedly could happen on August 29.

Players are already returning to training, with a view to completing the 2019-20 campaign.

Speaking to CNN Turk, Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president Ozdemir said the June 12 start date remained an objective but 10 alterative scenarios exist that could see the league start up as late as mid-July, with a final midweek run of August 12-14 games planned.

He said it would be crucial to monitor the progress of COVID-19 in Turkey, saying: "Thank goodness it's going very well."

Turkey has suffered over 4,000 deaths and reported more than 148,000 coronavirus cases, according to World Health Organization figures.

Ozdemir says the situation "is getting better every day", adding: "There is almost a month between today and June 12. We have alternatives. Therefore, we do not have a time jam.

"The COVID-19 incident is also going very well. I always say this and pray to Allah Almighty, maybe we will play our matches in July, maybe with spectators."

Ozdemir said it would come down to looking at seating arrangements, and the entrances and exits to stadiums, to ensure guidance on public health is closely followed.

With an eye on the return to action, he added: "We never compromise on health. I believe the health of an athlete and a manager is more important than this league."

Ozdemir wants the league to be decided on the pitch, given the close title battle involving Trabzonspor, Istanbul Basaksehir, Galatasaray and Sivasspor and a relegation squabble involving a host of teams.

He said: "In a breathless league, we can only make the decision to complete the leagues by playing. Otherwise there would be a lot of controversy. Let's make sacrifices, complete these leagues by playing, and find whoever deserves to be the champion. If it wasn't for COVID-19 today, this week was the week the leagues would have ended.

"Maybe we were going to give the championship trophy this week."

Besiktas executive chairman Ahmet Nur Cebi was among a spate of positive coronavirus tests in Turkish football.

Shortly after revealing eight unspecified individuals related to the club had contracted COVID-19, Besiktas on Thursday confirmed Cebi had returned a positive result.

The team have reportedly stopped training, with the Super Lig set to return from its suspension during the pandemic on June 12.

A statement from Besiktas' health team consultant Tekin Kerem Ulku said: "The follow-up and treatment process of the people whose test results were positive has started immediately in line with the relevant procedures."

Fellow Super Lig side Kasimpasa then revealed two of their players had tested positive and would be quarantined.

On Wednesday, second-tier outfit BB Erzurumspor said their latest round of testing returned 11 positive results, four of which were players.

The situation is likely to lead to pressure on the Turkish Football Federation, which set the resumption date on May 6.

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