Ankara: Thousands of Fenerbahce fans shouted slogans outside a Turkish court house in support of 93 suspects, including the club's jailed president, ahead of the opening hearing of a match-fixing case on Tuesday.
Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim and 92 others have been charged in the scandal allegedly involving 19 league matches last season. They are scheduled to appear before the court near Istanbul.
League champion Fenerbahce was barred from the Champions League because of its involvement in the match-fixing scandal and it could be stripped of its domestic title and face relegation. Match-fixing scandals have tarnished leagues in Turkey, Italy, Israel, Finland and Greece last year despite UEFA spending millions of euros (dollars) to monitor betting and investigate cases in which players and referees were allegedly bribed.