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Both Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe were involved in a match-fixing investigation that started July 3, 2011.

Both Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe were involved in a match-fixing investigation that started July 3, 2011.

Stocks of two of the four biggest Turkish clubs, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, have been falling steadily after UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Committee banned them from European competitions on match-fixing charges, while the stocks of the other two, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor, have been increasing.

The Beşiktaş stock price has fallen to 1.39 liras, a 4.14 percent decrease, and Fenerbahçe stock price to 27.90 liras, an 8.22 percent decrease this morning while the stock price of Galatasaray has been at around 30.70 liras marking a 4.07 increase, and Trabzonspor at around 6.68 liras in a 9.51 percent increase.

Beşiktaş has been banned for one year, while Fenerbahçe received a two-year ban, with an additional one year possible if a similar infraction is committed within a probationary period of five years.

The two clubs have filed appeals. If the appeals of both clubs are rejected, Bursaspor, who came fourth in the table, will take Fenerbahçe’s spot in the Champions League, while Kayserispor, who came fifth, will participate in the Europa League instead of Beşiktaş. Istanbul minnows Kasımpaşa will take the Europa League seat vacated by Bursaspor to participate in the first European competition in their history.

UEFA bans Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe from European competitions


UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Committee has banned Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe from European competitions on match-fixing charges. Beşiktaş has been banned for one year, while Fenerbahçe has received a two year ban, with an additional one year possible if a similar infraction is committed within a probationary period of five years.

Beşiktaş's Chairman Fikret Orman said that they had not expected such a decision, adding that they would be filing an appeal and applying to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) if necessary.

The club has three days to appeal the decision. UEFA returned the report on former official Serdar Adalı and former coach Tayfur Havutçu, both sentenced to one year and three months in jail, to the inspector on the case. The inspector is said to be preparing a new report before making a definitive ruling. 

Fenerbahçe also said in a statement that it would appeal the ruling.

Bursa, Kayseri and Kasımpaşa to take Europe ticket

If the appeals of both clubs are rejected, Bursaspor, who came fourth in the table, will take Fenerbahçe's spot in the Champions League, while Kayserispor, who came fifth, will participate in the Europa League instead of Beşiktaş. Istanbul minnows Kasımpaşa will take the Europa League seat vacated by Bursaspor to participate in the first European competition in their history.

Both Istanbul clubs and their executives were involved in a match-fixing investigation that started July 3, 2011, regarding a number of games in the 2010-2011 season, at the end of which Fenerbahçe was crowned as champion. 

Fenerbahçe was banned for a year from participating to European competitions upon a decision from the Turkish Football Federation, while Beşiktaş could not compete last year due to financial woes.

June/25/2013

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Ata Dizdar

6/27/2013 7:16:12 PM

And Mistique, Baris, the Lazzie think that if an appeal fails, the clubs would get harsher sentences. That is so false it isn't even funny. The TFF had its own investigation, they didn't find anything wrong. They have their own rules, they can make their own decisions, and the (kangaroo) courts of Turkey can't do a thing to change that.

Ata Dizdar

6/27/2013 7:13:56 PM

Considering that the TFF is autonomous from the Turkish courts (meaning that it can make its own decisions), who said they had to go by what the courts say? If there's any breach of that autonomy, that would mean FIFA would suspend the membership of Turkey due to political interference. If UEFA has any sense, the appeals would be accepted and both would get one year (suspended) bans, a one year ban is the norm for UEFA bans of this nature.

american american

6/26/2013 8:31:41 PM

this is a conspiracy by akp and uefa to punish the football fans who supported to gezi protests. akp is working for foreign interests!

Baris

6/26/2013 6:15:10 PM

Recep Ozel, who's ever heard of a president of a football club being released on the day he receives a 6 year prison sentence, on account of the trial taking 1 year? AY and other members of FB management were found guilty of match-fixing, a charge which the UEFA takes very seriously. TFF then went out of its way to avoid punishing FB, risking all Turkish football in the process. It's time you guys rescue FB from AY's clutches , take it on the chin and move on. He is no good for your club.

Baris

6/26/2013 6:05:20 PM

Conspiracy theory that there was political attack on FB has caused FB fans turning against the AKP, despite its best efforts to keep FB in the Superlig. Wasn't it the PM who thought nothing of having all Turkish teams punished just to keep FB in Superlig? Didn't he say "what if we are punished by UEFA, England were punished for 5 years and they won the champions league upon returning"? Didn't the TFF change its rules just to keep FB up? Didn't Demiroren say FB should be thanking me? Shambles!

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

6/26/2013 4:32:17 PM

Does this mean that Fener and BJK were the only two teams involved in the match fixing in Turkey? Isn't it absurd since there are teams at the receiving end also, didn't they commit any crime?

Çılgın Kanarya

6/26/2013 3:56:20 PM

MİSTİQUE, yet more inaccurate drivel from you. Just as I said to Laz K, could you please provide me with the names of the players, referees or TFF officials who have been convicted of being bribed by Fenerbahçe? No match can be manipulated without the corrupt involvement of at least 1 match official or player, & I am sure that even someone like you can understand this basic reality. FB fans no longer defend Aziz Yıldırım, but we do defend our club & team against blatant injustice.

Çılgın Kanarya

6/26/2013 1:08:07 PM

LAZ K, you're so full of hot air that I'm amazed you manage to stay on the ground to write these comments! You claim that FB bought off players, referees & the TFF, so could you kindly provide the name of even one person from these catagories who has been convicted (even in an AKP Kangaroo court) of accepting bribes from FB? As for the bad behaviour of players, look no further than your own Zokora, who should've got a straight red card for his vicious assault on Emre in the Turkish Cup Final.

Çılgın Kanarya

6/26/2013 1:06:54 PM

LAZ K, I realise that intelligence isn't a strong point on the Black Sea, so let me explain to you why there are no sour grapes required from a FB fan towards Trabzon: You haven't beaten us for 8 games now (great rival!) & we have 17 league titles to your 6 (the last of which you won 30 years ago!). You are a nothing club who's biggest asset is to be in the pocket of the AKP, & therefore despite tape recordings played in court of Sadri Şener offering incentives, he was still acquitted.

Çılgın Kanarya

6/26/2013 1:01:44 PM

MİSTİQUE, did we really agree to meet on the beach? Are the beaches even that good in Holland? You are still living in dreamland if you seriously believe the 2011 championship will be awarded to Trabzon, as the TFF has already thoroughly investigated the politically motivated case & ruled that no actual 'match fixing' ever took place! I can just see you sitting in some retirement home in Holland in the year 2030, still boring everyone to death about Trabzon's 2011 title failure! Get over it!
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