Fenerbahce kicked out of Champions League, Besiktas out of Europa League over match-fixing

The club was banished from the 2011-12 Champions League after the initial fixing allegations were made. Besiktas' punishment stemmed from charges of fixing relating to the 2011 Turkish Cup final, which it won on penalties over city rival Istanbul BB.

updated: June 26, 2013 11:28 IST
  • Total Shares

Nyon, Switzerland: Fenerbahce was expelled from the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and Besiktas was banned from the Europa League after the Turkish clubs were punished by UEFA on Tuesday over separate charges of match-fixing.

Fenerbahce was banned from the next three UEFA club competitions for which it would have qualified, starting with next season's Champions League, in relation to a long-running fixing case that dates back to the Istanbul club's league-winning run in 2011. UEFA said the sanction for the third competition is deferred "for a probationary period of five years."

Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish league last season and was set to enter the Champions League at the third qualifying-round stage, needing to beat two opponents to enter the lucrative 32-team group stage.

Show Full Article
  • Football
  • Arsenal
  • Fenerbahce
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • André Santos