Monday, 2 July 2012

Aziz Yildirm given 6 year prison sentence !

Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim has been handed a 6 year prison sentence and 1.3 Million Euro fine after been found guilty of match fixing. Turkish Football was in turmoil last season after half the teams in the league and over 100 people were investigated for match fixing.

Fenerbahce were withdrawn from last seasons champions league and replaced with Trabzonspor by the Turkish FA. The rules in Turkey and any other league state any President involved in match fixing will be see their club relegated and individuals will be banned from football.

Incredibly the Turkish FA cleared Aziz Yildirim and all other clubs of match fixing to the anger of the Turkish nation. Turkish football is dominated by the Istanbul clubs the same way as Rangers (footballs most successful domestic team) and Celtic are from Scotland. The Turkish FA have bent over backwards to help save Fenerbahce while the Scottish FA kicked Rangers when they were down and stuck the knife through the heart of the club.

No club should go unpunished for match fixing, and individuals should serve heavy punishment, but the way it is handled by footballing bodies worldwide is something UEFA need to tackle. However with an organisation obsessed with money this will be another of a long line of issues brushed under the carpet.

18 others were sentenced to jail including Tayfur Havutcu (Besiktas Manager), Umut Karan (Eskisehirspor), Ibrahim Akin (Istanbul BBS), Mehmet Yildiz (Karabukspor) and Gokcek Wederson (Bursaspor) .

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