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Friday, 15 July 2011

Besiktas return Turkish Cup as match-fixing scandal spreads


Looks like the curse of match-fixing is eating its way through the Turkish football league; first it was Fenerbahce and now it’s Besiktas.

After Besiktas vice-president Serdal Adali and coach Tayfur Havutcu were charged and jailed overnight; Besiktas said they were returning the trophy to the football federation until they are cleared.

According to media reports, the cup final between Besiktas and IBB is one of the games under investigation. Besiktas won the match on penalties.
Police say they have obtained evidence of match-fixing and bribery in 19 games in the first and second divisions.

The suspects are accused of manipulating games last season, which saw Fenerbahce clinch the title in the last game, outstripping Trabzonspor on goal difference.
Trabzonspor, have also been implicated, with president Sadri Sener questioned and released on bail earlier this week.

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