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Fenerbahce Face UEFA Match Fixing Ban

by Steven Green

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Turkish giants could be banned from Europe again.

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Turkish side Fenerbahce could face a second ban from European competition as five club officials are being investigated and will face a UEFA disciplinary panel later this month, the Daily Mail reports.

One of the five is believed to include the club president, Aziz Yildirim, who was jailed last July for six years for match-fixing offences.

Fenerbahce were banned from the 2011-12 Champions League due to a match-fixing scandal and now face the possibility of sitting out of the competition yet again.

Fellow Turkish giants Besiktas have also been been charged by UEFA for a similar allegation and could also face a ban of their own.

A statement issued on the UEFA website said: “Following the investigation into alleged match-fixing activities involving Fenerbahce, the UEFA disciplinary inspector has now submitted his findings to the control and disciplinary body, in the context of disciplinary proceedings against this club and five club officials.

“This case will be heard by the UEFA control and disciplinary body on Saturday June 22.

“Proceedings have also been opened against Besiktas and two club officials in relation to match-fixing activities which are alleged to have taken place during the 2011 Turkish Cup final.

“Proceedings have also been opened against Steaua Bucharest on the basis of… the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League regulations, relating to the admission criteria for participation in UEFA competitions.”

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