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Monday, July 11, 2011


Trabzonspor chairman arrested.......

Turkish police detained 22 people including the chairman of Trabzonspor Sadri Sener on Monday, in a widening match-fixing investigation which has already put 26 people in jail pending trial.

The detention of Trabzonspor's Sadri Sener in Istanbul came just hours after the chairman of Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim, was remanded in custody on charges of match-fixing and forming a criminal organisation.

Also. Mahmut Ozgener, the former president of the Turkish Football Federation, was summoned to police headquarters to make a statement over the match-fixing allegations.


The Turkish Football Federation decided not to take any disciplinary measures against Fenerbahce or Trabzonspor on Monday in the midst of a growing match-fixing probe, allowing them to compete in the Champions League.

The federation said it would wait until after prosecutors file any indictments before possibly taking action.

"Teams will compete in European competitions according to the current final league standings," federation president Mehmet Aydinlar said. "The results are registered to UEFA this way."

Trabzonspor is expected to take part in Friday's draw for the Champions League's third qualifying round. As league champion, Fenerbahce qualifies automatically for the group stage.

"Disciplinary investigation is going to be initiated after the court accepts the indictment of the prosecution," Aydinlar said.

Aydinlar also confirmed that the Turkish Super League will start on Aug. 5 as scheduled previously.

TFF presdient Mehmet Ali Aydinlar also said,"We are constantly in communication with the UEFA and the FIFA. The league will start on Aug. 5 and will be played as scheduled before, Fenerbahce and Besiktas will play the Turkish Super Cup final on July 31."

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