Soccer Body to Open Match-Fixing Probe Into Besiktas, Fenerbahce

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, will open disciplinary proceedings against Turkish teams Besiktas and Fenerbahce after allegations of match-fixing.

A case was opened against Besiktas and two club officials “in relation to match-fixing activities alleged to have taken place around the 2011 Turkish Cup final,” the Nyon, Switzerland-based body said today in a statement on its website. It didn’t identify the two officials.

The case will be heard by the Control and Disciplinary Body on June 21, UEFA said.

The disciplinary inspector also asked for a case to be opened against Fenerbahce and five officials, UEFA said in the statement. A hearing will take place June 22.

Earlier today, Fenerbahce said in a filing to Borsa Istanbul that the executives accused of offenses include Chairman Aziz Yildirim.

The report lacks evidence and “was based on claims from various sources,” the club said. According to the filing, the UEFA inspector alleged that Fenerbahce directly or indirectly influenced match results and demands Fenerbahce be banned from UEFA games for the next two years.

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