Turkish federation decision to affect Euro qualifiers
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
TFF Chairman Mehmet Ali Aydınlar. DHA photoThe Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decided today not to change its current measures against match fixing, meaning that teams found guilty of rigging will still be relegated.
The TFF convened in a landmark meeting to decide whether to change a rule that mandates relegation for teams involved in match fixing. Some football club presidents sought to change the rule to a one-time-only application and deduct points from teams found guilty of rigging rather than relegate them to a lower league.
A majority of 226 delegates who gathered for the meeting said “no” to the suggestion, thus preserving the current sanctions, including relegation, for teams that are involved in match fixing.
Suspects of the match-fixing allegations include last season's league champion and runner-up. If they are to be found guilty and relegated, they would lose their chance to compete in the Champions League.