Turkish clubs cleared in match-fixing scandal
Sunday, May 6, 2012
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's football federation has cleared all 16 Turkish teams, including Fenerbahce, of involvement in an alleged match-fixing scandal, but it also has banned two players for up to three years and imposed disciplinary measures on eight players or club officials.
The federation said late Sunday "there was no reason" to punish any of the clubs, including Fenerbahce which was barred from this season's Champions League as a result of the investigation.
A total of 93 officials, players and coaches, including the president of reigning champion Fenerbahce, are on trial, accused of helping fix matches last season. The federation's decision could affect the course of the trial, which was relying in part on the federation's guidance.