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Fenerbahce kicked out of Champions League over fixing

Associated Press
Jun 26, 2013 at 01:49am IST

Switzerland: Fenerbahce were expelled from the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and Besiktas were banned from the Europa League after the Turkish clubs were punished by UEFA on Tuesday over separate charges of match-fixing.

Fenerbahce were banned from the next three UEFA club competitions for which they would have qualified, starting with next season's Champions League, in relation to a long-running fixing case that dates back to the Istanbul club's league-winning run in 2011. UEFA said the sanction for the third competition is deferred "for a probationary period of five years."

Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish league last season and were set to enter the Champions League at the third qualifying-round stage, needing to beat two opponents to enter the lucrative 32-team group stage. The club was banished from the 2011-12 Champions League after the initial fixing allegations were made.

Fenerbahce kicked out of Champions League over fixing

Fenerbahce were expelled from the Champions League and Besiktas were banned from the Europa League after the Turkish clubs were punished by UEFA.

Besiktas' punishment stemmed from charges of fixing relating to the 2011 Turkish Cup final, which they won on penalties over city rival Istanbul BB. Besiktas had qualified for the Europa League by finishing third in the league last season.

"In relation to the individuals of the clubs involved in the cases of Fenerbahçe and Besiktas, the CDB (UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body) decided that certain additional information will be collected in order to consider in further detail the different position of each of the individuals concerned," UEFA said.

Fenerbahce have identified five officials as being involved in their case - club president Aziz Yildirim, plus Alaeddin Yildirim, Sekip Mosturoglu, Ilhan Yuksel Eskioglu and Cemil Turhan.

In a third case, Steaua Bucharest - the 1986 European Cup winner - were banned from the next UEFA competition they qualified for, with the sanction deferred for a probationary period of five years. Their president Gigi Becali was convicted last month of attempting to pay bribes to influence a team to beat one of the club's title rivals in 2008.

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