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

Yildirim’s detention.

”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.