Turkish court approves match-fixing sentence on Fenerbahce chairman

Photo: Turkish court approves match-fixing sentence on Fenerbahce chairman / Turkey

Turkey's highest court in criminal justice on Friday approved a six-year jail term handed to Fenerbahce's Chairman Aziz Yildirim for forming an illegal organization and involvement in a 2010-11 match-fixing scandal in Turkey's first division Anadolu News Agency reported.

The Supreme Court also ruled on the verdicts concerning 84 other people from the footballing world.

Yidirim also has to pay a fine of 1.3 million liras ($720,000) and is banned from watching football matches or managing clubs.

Directors of Fenerbahce and several other Turkish clubs as well as football players had been charged with match-fixing during the 2010-11 season.

UEFA - European football's governing body - barred Fenerbahce from the Champions' League for two seasons as a result of its investigation.

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