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

premises.

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

probe.

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.