Football: Turkey,Federation spares clubs involved in scandal

Suspensions only for 10 officials and players

07 May, 19:50

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, MAY 7 - Although highly significant legal after-effects remain, the investigation by the Turkish football federation (FTT) into the country's biggest football scandal has ended without any further relegations or penalties for the clubs involved. Suspensions of up to three years, however, were handed down to two senior officials at Fenerbahçe, the most successful of the Turkish clubs involved in the match-fixing scandal, as well as to 8 other directors and players.

The Anadolu agency, summarising the decisions announced on the FTT's website, says that the federation has absolved the 16 clubs accused over the 19 matches from last season that make up the investigation. Around 60 people were arrested over the matter last summer, including the Fenerbahçe chairman, Aziz Yildirim, who remains on trial on suspicion of criminal association.The other club figures suspended are the deputy chairman, Sekip Mosturoglu, who was banned for a year, and the sporting director, Ilhan Eksioglu, who received a 3-year ban.

The investigation, which revolves around the title won by Fenerbahçe, also involved other major Turkish footballing institutions, including the two other major Istanbul clubs, Besiktas and Galatasaray, and the Trabzon club Trabzonspor. (ANSAmed).

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