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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Turkish Super Cup postponed


The Turkish Super Cup match between league champions Fenerbahce and cup winners Besiktas scheduled for July 31 has been postponed as both clubs are involved in match-fixing allegations.

A Turkish court has already jailed pending trial 31 people, including the chairman of champions Fenerbahce and the coach as well as the deputy chairman of Besiktas on charges of match fixing.

The on going scandal has put in disarray the Turkish football calendar; it is currently unclear when the new football season will commence. Turkish Football Federation chairman Mehmet Ali Aydinlar said it was expecting to start receiving prosecutors' documents regarding the probe on Wednesday and the federation would then reach a decision on when the new season will start.

The league season was originally scheduled to begin on Aug. 5 but a postponement is one of the options open to the federation as it weighs up its response to the match-fixing allegations.
The delay will also affect Champions League matches as league champions Fenerbahce and runners-up Trabzonspor are set to play in the Champions League.

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