Turkish season postponed amid match-fixing probe
Monday, July 25, 2011
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey has postponed the start of its soccer season until Sept. 9 because of a game-fixing investigation that has landed 30 suspects in jail, including the president of the league champion.
The Turkish soccer federation made the decision Monday, delaying a season set to begin Aug. 5.
The investigation involving 19 games has shaken Turkish soccer. Along with Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim, officials from Istanbul club Besiktas and Black Sea power Trabzonspor are also jailed pending trial.
Fenerbahce won 16 of 17 league matches in the latter part of the season, rallying from a distant third place to win a record 18th title.