UEFA has banned two Turkish clubs, Beskitas and Fernerbahce, from European competitions following an investigation that has resulted in charges for match-fixing.
Beskitas has been banned for one year (2013-14) from the Europa League, whilst Fernerbahce has received a two-year ban (including 2013-14’s Champions League), with an additional one year that could be converted into a cash fine in the future. That final year will also be suspended for a period of five years.
Beskitas’ chairman Fikret Orman stated that the news was not expected and that it is likely they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which they have three days to do. It is believed that the two men involved in the match-fixing have been given one-year prison sentences.
If any appeals from the two clubs are turn down then Bursaspor, who finished fourth in the Turkish League table last season, will take Fernerbahce’s spot in the Champions League. Kayserispor, who came fifth, will also go into the Europa League instead of Beskitas.
The two Istanbul clubs and their officials had been involved in a investigation into match-fixing that started in July 2011, which studied the fixtures from 2010-11.
It is more worrying news for the modern game, especially when the two have been competing in Europe frequently over the past few years. This news follow the Europol investigation into Worldwide match-fixing corruption earlier this year, which resulted in shocking figures.
Finally, Hungarian side Steaua Bucureşti has been suspended for the next UEFA club competition they qualify for, with UEFA stating the punishment “deferred for a probationary period of five years”.