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Galatasaray to Contest Turkey Match-Fixing Rules, Sabah Reports

Galatasaray (GSRAY), the top contender for Turkey’s soccer league championship this year, is planning to file a legal appeal against the Turkish Football Federation for abusing their authority in connection with a match-fixing probe, Sabah reported.

The Istanbul-based club, with the most titles behind last year’s champion Fenerbahce, will also seek to nullify changes to regulations that added a point-reduction system which may be used to prevent relegation of teams if they’re found guilty of chicanery, according to the newspaper.

TFF Chairman Yildirim Demiroren announced an executive committee decision to revise match-fixing penalties on April 30, more than a month after the general assembly rejected the measure, Sabah said, citing Galatasaray’s objection filed with the soccer authority. The federation needs to abide by guidelines set out by FIFA and UEFA, respectively the world’s and Europe’s top soccer authorities, thus sanctions against chicanery can only be changed with a general assembly vote, Galatasaray said, according to the newspaper.

The TFF refered 16 of the 18 teams in the top league to the disciplinary committee in connection with 22 matches last year that may have been rigged, Sabah said. Other clubs oppose the TFF move as well, with Kayserispor and Bursaspor refusing to submit a defense to the disciplinary committee, the newspaper reported, citing statements from the teams.

Turkish prosecutors unveiled a match-fixing probe in July, implicating teams including Fenerbahce (FENER), Trabzonspor and cup winner Besiktas, which Demiroren chaired before taking up the top post in the TFF.

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