Turkish Football Federation chief, deputies resign
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The head of the Turkish Football Federation and two of his deputies have resigned following a controversy on how to deal with teams implicated in match fixing.
The federation said Mehmet Ali Aydinlar and two vice chairmen stepped down on Tuesday.
The resignations come days after a proposed rule change was rejected that would have prevented teams accused of match-fixing from being relegated.
Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim and 92 other people have been charged in the scandal allegedly involving 19 leagues game last season.
Their trial opens on Feb. 14. Fenerbahce, which was barred from the Champions League, was among clubs that opposed the rule change.
The federation will elect a new chairman on Feb. 27.