UEFA has announced its disciplinary decision on the Turkish club Besiktas and Fenerbahce for match-fixing in 2011


ISTANBUL (AA) - According to the UEFA decision, Besiktas will not be able to participate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League, for which the club would otherwise qualify. Another Turkish football club, Fenerbahce, are banned for three years.

Besiktas said it would appeal the decision.

The Black Eagles finished the Turkish league third this season, right after champions Galatasaray and runners-up Fenerbahce.

The first two teams are eligible for participation in the Champions Leauge, while the third team and the winner of the Turkish Cup qualify for the Europa League competition.

The decision comes as a result of match-fixing charges that Serdar Adali, a former Besiktas executive, and Tayfur Havutcu, the club's ex-coach, were convicted of last year.

Both men were sentenced to one year and three months in prison for influencing the outcome of 2011 Turkish Cup final match between Besiktas and Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor.

Fenerbahce get 3 year ban from UEFA

The Yellow Canaries have been handed a three year ban from European competitions by the UEFA.

The administrative body for European football announced its decision on Tuesday concerning sanctions on two Turkish clubs, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, on charges of match-fixing during the 2010-2011 season.

The decision is subject to appeal at UEFA Appeals Body and further at internationally recognized Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Both teams said they would appeal.

Fenerbahce's effective ban currently stands at two years, but if sanctioned again by the UEFA during the next five years, the club will receive an additional one-year ban.

UEFA said in its decision that the case for the individuals from both clubs charged for match-fixing would be considered in light of further information.

Fenerbahce's Chairman Aziz Yildirim, as well as two executive board members, were suspended Tuesday after an Istanbul court decided it needs time to ascertain their status as club members following the match-fixing charges they were convicted of last year.

A former Besiktas executive and the club's ex-coach are also implicated in the same case.

Adapted by Anadolu

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