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Turkey delays match-fixing sanctions

08-16-2011 15:14 BJT

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Any decision on possible sanctions for Turkish football clubs embroiled in a match-fixing scandal has been delayed by Turkey's Football Federation. TFF president Mehmet Ali Aydinlar said on Monday, it would not be right to deliver a verdict due to the confidentiality of an ongoing investigation by government prosecutors.

Aydinlar said the federation could not access or disclose the government's evidence until the prosecution brings forward it's indictments.

In the meantime, he said 17 people, including Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim, would face a disciplinary board.

More than 30 people have been charged in relation to 19 matches last season. Turkey has already pushed back the start of the league by one month to September 9th.

Turkish Football Federation Chairman Mehmet Ali
Aydinlar arrives at a news conference in Istanbul August
15, 2011. Turkey's Football Federation said on Monday it
would not take any decisions regarding individuals or
clubs involved in alleged match-fixing until after a
Turkish court lifts the secrecy on evidence being given
to an ongoing police probe. Over 30 people are currently
in jail awaiting trial. They include Fenerbahce chairman
Yildirim and the coach and deputy chairman of Besiktas
who face charges of match-fixing. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, Chairman of Turkish Football Federation said, "We will hear the pleas of suspects and clubs involved in the probe. And after examining the pleas, the ethical committee will be asked to submit its final report and then we will make a decision in conformity with laws and justice."

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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