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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Turkish FA decide to delay new football season


The Turkish Football Federation have decided to postpone the start of the new football season in order to have more time to decide on the match-fixing allegations that has gripped Turkish football.

Matches were scheduled to start on August 7 for Spor Toto Super League and on August 14 for Bank Asya First League; these have now been pushed back to September.

So far around 60 players, managers and officials from nine Turkish football clubs have been arrested in connection with an eight-month-long investigation into organized match-fixing. Among them was president Aziz Yildirim of last season's champions Fenerbahce.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) are currently deciding whether the clubs and officials involved in the case should be punished hence the delay.

Last week, the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office sent documents to the TFF, which will decide whether the clubs and officials involved in the case should be punished.

Meanwhile the Champions league match between Trabzonspor and Benfica will go ahead today as scheduled.

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