UEFA uphold Fenerbahce ban

Turkish side Fenerbahce have had an appeal against their expulsion from this season's Champions League dismissed by UEFA.

Last Updated: 15/07/13 at 18:57 Post Comment

Fenerbahce have been banned from continental competition

Fenerbahce have been banned from continental competition

A UEFA appeals panel upheld a disciplinary verdict that officials of the Istanbul club helped fix matches during their 2010-11 league title run.

However Fenerbahce, who were also barred from the Champions League two years ago, have the option of challenging the UEFA verdict at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Club officials, including president Aziz Yildirim, deny wrongdoing and are appealing their criminal convictions in Turkish courts.

Fener had been excluded from competing in continental competition for three seasons in total, with the third deferred for a probationary period of five years, but that final year of exclusion has now been dropped altogether.

They finished second in the league last season and would have been eligible to enter the Champions League third qualifying round.

Third-placed Besiktas would have been in line to claim the vacant Champions League spot but they have had an appeal against fixing the 2011 Turkish Cup final dismissed.

Fourth-placed Bursaspor will therefore enter the draw on Friday.

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reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

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amous. If that can be achieved whilst sitting in your pants and without any degree of hard work, all the better. I have no desire to be famous, but the rest of that line suits me just fine. Great article by the way, well worth the wait.

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here seems to be little focus on the performance of Besiktas. They played very well and stopped Arsenal from playing. Credit has to go to their manager. As much as Arsenal didn't play too well, we kept a clean sheet, but the home side made it very difficult.

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