Club in match-fix probe out of Champions League

Turkish champion Fenerbahce was removed from the Champions

League because of an ongoing match-fixing investigation and

replaced by runner-up Trabzonspor.

Turkey’s Football Federation said it withdrew Fenerbahce on the

eve of the group-stage after holding emergency meetings Wednesday.

Fenerbahce is suspected of fixing matches to win the title last

season.

Trabzonspor finished second in the league last year but had been

eliminated by Benfica in Champions League qualifying and entered

into a playoff for the Europa League. Its opponent in the playoff,

Athletic Bilbao, will be given a direct entry into the second-tier

competition.

Fenerbahce’s removal comes a day before it was to take its place

among 32 elite European clubs in the group stage draw being

conducted in Monaco.