Arrests in Turkey over football match-fixing
Turkish police on Sunday detained more than 40 people for
questioning over allegations of football match-fixing, including
the president of league champion Fenerbahce.
Police conducted simultaneous raids at homes and club offices in
at least 12 cities, detaining more than 40 people for questioning
in an investigation into alleged match-fixing in the Turkish league
last season, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. The
season ended in May with Fenerbahce winning the championship.
Police were investigating possible fixing of a final week match
between Fenerbahce and Sivasspor, which ended in a 4-3 victory for
the Istanbul side and helped it claim the league title, as well as
a match against Eskisehirspor, the Dogan news agency reported.
Those detained include Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim, other
Fenerbahce officials, and players and officials from several other
clubs. Television footage showed Yildirim getting into a police
Anatolia said that Eskisehirspor club manager and former Turkey
international Umit Karan and Turkey internationals Serdar Kulbilge
and Serkan Calik were also among the detained. Nigeria
International Emmanuel Emenike, who recently transferred to
Fenerbahce from Karabukspor in a deal worth $9 million, was also
detained, according to the Dogan News Agency.
Yuksel Gunay, a Fenerbahce official, reacted angrily to
”This is ugly,” the Anatolia news agency quoted Gunay as
saying. ”I have no qualms in saying that this is a police state.
This is ugly. What match-fixing are they looking for?”
In April, Turkey introduced tough legislation to battle
hooliganism and cheating in football, including a maximum 12-year
prison sentence for match-fixing.