UEFA has approved a one-year ban from continental competition on Turkish top-flight football club Beşiktaş "while reducing Fenerbahçe's suspension from 2+1 years to two years on rigging accusations," according to the HURRIYET DAILY NEWS. Beşiktaş will not be permitted to compete on a continental level during the '13-14 season, while Fenerbahçe "will be prevented from playing during the next two seasons," '13-14 and '14-15. Both teams were handed suspensions from European competitions "for their alleged involvement in the manipulation of Turkish football matches" (HURRIYET DAILY NEWS, 7/15). REUTERS reported both bans "were linked to a domestic match-fixing scandal which rocked Turkish football" in '11. The two clubs asked UEFA in June to re-examine their punishments and in both cases UEFA "decided to uphold the sanctions." The clubs "have the right to appeal against the decisions at Court of Arbitration for Sport" (REUTERS, 7/15).
Media and football fans in China "have raised new suspicions of match-fixing on Monday," following a Chinese Super League game in which Tianjin Teda defeated Liaoning Whowin 3-1 on Sunday (GLOBAL TIMES, 7/16). ... La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, which has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) to receive its UEFA license that would allow it to compete in the next Europa League, announced on its official Twitter account that it will be informed of the decision on July 30. The club will make its case at 9:30am local time at the TAS headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 30 (EFE, 7/16).