Fenerbahce appeals removal from Champions League

Fenerbahce says it is appealing the Turkish Football

Federation’s decision to remove the club from the Champions League

over an ongoing match-fixing probe.

Fenerbahce’s lawyer Haluk Burcuoglu says Thursday he has lodged

an appeal with the Turkish Football Federation’s arbitration

committee.

The federation withdrew Fenerbahce from the competition

Wednesday, on the eve of the Champions League group stage draw, and

replaced it with Turkish league runner-up Trabzonspor.

More than 30 people, including Fenerbahce’s president, have been

charged in the probe that involves 19 games last season.

Fenerbahce faces relegation and the threat of losing its league

title.

Turkey has pushed back the start of the season for more than a

month until Sept. 9 because of the investigation.