Turkish Football Federation chief, deputies resign

The head of the Turkish Football Federation and two of his

deputies have resigned following the controversy on how to deal

with teams implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The federation said Mehmet Ali Aydinlar and two vice chairmen

stepped down on Tuesday.

The resignations come days after a proposed rule change that

would have prevented teams accused of match-fixing from being

relegated was voted down during a tense emergency meeting.

Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim and 92 other people have been

charged in the scandal allegedly involving 19 leagues game last

season.

Their trial opens on Feb. 14. Fenerbahce, which was barred from

the Champions League, was among clubs that opposed the rule

change.

The federation will elect a new chairman on Feb. 27.