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Turkey match-fixing: More top officials detained

  • 11 July 2011
  • From the section Europe
Fenerbahce supporters in clouds of tear gas on the main road to Bosphorus Bridge linking Asia to Europe during a protest in Istanbul, Turkey on 10 July
Football upset: Fenerbahce supporters, angered by match-fixing allegations, flee tear gas in Istanbul

Turkish police have detained 22 more people in a widening investigation into alleged football match-fixing.

They include the chairman of this year's league runners-up Trabzonspor, and the former head of the national football association.

The chairman of champions Fenerbahce is among 26 people already charged over the suspected fixing of 19 matches.

Turkey's football association has until Friday to decide whether to strip Fenerbahce of the title.

That is the deadline for notification to Uefa of Turkey's representatives in European club competitions.

If Fenerbahce were banned, Trabzonspor could be awarded the title and a Champions League place - unless they, too, are found to have been involved in match-fixing.

Those detained on Monday included Trabzonspor chairman Sadri Sener, former Turkish federation president Mahmut Ozgener, and other officials and a goalkeeper.

Final-day win

Last week Aziz Yildirim, chairman of Fenerbahce, was arrested along with 60 others in the investigation.

He and 25 others were remanded in custody on Sunday on charges of match-fixing. The others have been released.

At this news, Fenerbahce supporters went on the rampage outside the courthouse in Istanbul, and across town near the club's stadium.

Ex-president of the Turkish Football Federation Mahmut Ozgener
Ex-Turkish football head Mahmut Ozgener has been questioned by police

Mr Yildirim has not commented publicly, but Fenerbahce issued a statement on Saturday saying: "We do not believe the accusations that have been made against the president and directors."

Fenerbahce pipped Trabzonspor to the league title with a final day 4-3 win at Sivasspor.

Fenerbahce were at one point a long way back in the league but the Istanbul club won 16 of their last 17 games to take their 18th title on goal difference.

Turkish media have speculated that the allegations being investigated include a striker being offered money to not score, a goalkeeper deliberately failing to save a goal, and the selection of a particular referee.

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