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SBD Global/June 12, 2013/International Football

UEFA To Open Match-Fixing Probe Into Turkish Sides Besiktas, Fenerbahce

UEFA "will open disciplinary proceedings against Turkish teams Besiktas and Fenerbahce after allegations of match-fixing," according to Christopher Elser of BLOOMBERG. UEFA said in a statement on its website Tuesday a case was opened against Besiktas and two club officials “in relation to match-fixing activities alleged to have taken place around the 2011 Turkish Cup final.” It "didn’t identify the two officials." The case will be heard by the Control and Disciplinary Body on June 21 (BLOOMBERG, 6/10). REUTERS' Brian Homewood reported the indictment named eight clubs, including Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Trabzonspor and 14 players "among the defendants." It "referred to around a dozen matches including Fenerbahce's 4-3 victory over Sivasspor which clinched the league championship on the final day" of the '11 season (REUTERS, 6/10). The AP reported Fenerbahce "faces a second expulsion from the Champions League within three seasons." Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim was "convicted last July in a criminal trial that resulted in 93 people charged in a case sparked by the Istanbul club's league-winning run" in '11. Fenerbahce officials "deny wrongdoing and have appealed to a higher court" (AP, 6/10).
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