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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Former National Captain testifies in match fixing scandal

Fenerbahce midfielder and Turkish national team member Emre Belozoglu has been ordered to testify in court following the match fixing scandal in Turkish football.

In June it was claimed on a national TV show that Emre had sent text messages to Kaan Soylemezoglu of Ankaragucu telling the player not to force himself a lot during the game. Fenerbahce won the fixture 6-0.

Emre testified in the Istanbul Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office before being released on Tuesday.

Fenerbahce Chairman Aziz Yildirim and Vice Chairman Sekip Mosturoglu are currently in jail pending trial for the match fixing allegations that have torn apart the Turkish football game. Fenerbahce were last season’s Spor Toto League Champions and could face relegation should they be found guilty of match fixing.

The other teams embroiled in the allegations include league runners-up Trabzonspor and Turkish Cup winners Besiktas. As a result of this, the Turkish League has been delayed until September 9th whilst the investigation continues.

With Turkey looking to put together a bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, the Turkish Football Federation will need to make an example and stamp their authority on the game, to prove that this kind of actions will not be tolerated in Turkey.

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