New scandal on the way, Öztürk says
Galatasaray Vice Chairman Öztürk says a new rigging scandal will broke soon. AA photoGalatasaray Vice Chairman Adnan Öztürk has claimed that a new wave of match-fixing investigations was being carried out worldwide and their “Turkish leg” will be seen soon.
“A new match-fixing scandal will emerge soon,” Öztürk said. “It will have its Turkish leg as well.”
Öztürk’s statements came during a panel discussion at Istanbul’s Aydın University on Jan. 20.
The vice chairman maintained his club’s stance against the Turkish Football Federation’s inactivity and moves to halt relegation bans in match fixing.
“[UEFA President Michel] Platini has previously said, ‘Match fixing is murder,’ but the Turkish media were not interested in that,” Öztürk said. “It was said that UEFA had shown a green light to the Turkish Football Federation [to cancel bans], but that is not the case.”
Galatasaray is the only member of Turkish football’s big four that is not involved in allegations in the match-fixing case, in which 93 football club officials, players and coaches are suspects.
Spor Toto Super League champion Fenerbahçe, runner-up Trabzonspor and Ziraat Turkish Cup winner Beşiktaş have officials listed as suspects, along with five other clubs.