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Turkish Clubs Fenerbahce, Besiktas Receive European Soccer Bans

Turkish Clubs Fenerbahce, Besiktas Receive European Soccer Bans
Turkish soccer club Fenerbahce supporters are pictured during a semi-final match between Fenerbahce and Benfica at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul. Photographer: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish soccer clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas have been banned from European competition after an investigation into allegations of match-fixing.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA announced the sanctions in a statement today after saying June 10 it would open disciplinary proceedings against the teams and club officials.

Fenerbahce, the runnerup to Galatasaray in the Turkish league last season, is excluded from the next three UEFA competitions it qualifies for, including the elite Champions League in 2013-14. The ban for the third season is deferred for five years, Nyon, Switzerland-based UEFA said.

Besiktas, which finished third in the league, is banned from next season’s Europa League, the continent’s second-tier club competition.

UEFA also deferred for five years a ban that would keep Romanian champion Steaua Bucharest out of the next European competition it qualifies for. The ban is related to Steaua’s breach of Champions League participation regulations.

All three clubs can take the decisions to UEFA’s appeals panel, the governing body said.

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