NYON/ISTANBUL: Besiktas and Fenerbahce have been hauled back in front of European federation UEFA’s disciplinary commission on match-fixing charges.
Corruption cases involving top Turkish clubs have been a running embarrassment to Turkish sports officials as Istanbul– the two clubs’ home city – bids to host the Olympic Games in 2020.
Both clubs will face UEFA’s control and disciplinary panel later this month.
Fenerbahce were banned from the 2011-12 Champions League because of match-fixing and club president Aziz Yildirim was jailed for six years as a result.
Besiktas and two club officials are being investigated over match-fixing alleged to have taken place around the 2011 Turkish Cup final. They will have their case heard on June 21 at the House of European Football in Nyon, near Geneva.
Fenerbahce and five club officials will face the same panel 24 hours later after the UEFA disciplinary inspector submitted his findings of an investigation.
In July 2012, 93 people – including club officials, coaches and players – were charged in a civil trial which centred around the club’s league-winning run of 2011.
Yildirim was convicted of fixing six matches and offering payments to players or club officials.
The decisions of the panel will be announced during the week commencing 24 June.
Also on June 21,Romania’s Steaua Bucharest will also face UEFA in relation to the admission criteria for participation in its club competitions.