Galatasaray questioned in match-fixing
One of Galatasaray’s top officials has been assisting police
with an inquiry into alleged match-fixing.
Galatasaray spokesman Sedat Dogan said Thursday that club
official Bulent Tulun was helping police with their queries. His
statement came after news reports said police were searching club
More than 30 people have been charged in the probe that involves
19 games last season and has implicated league champion Fenerbahce
as well as Besiktas and Trabzonspor. Fenerbahce president Aziz
Yildirim has been jailed and the club faces relegation and the
threat of losing its league title.
The Turkish Football Federation pushed back the start of the
season for more than a month until Sept. 9 because of the
Hurriyet newspaper and other media said prosecutors were also
scrutinizing the 2005-06 season, which Galatasaray won following a
1-1 draw between Fenerbahce and Denizlispor in the last game. They
did not cite a source for the report.