UEFA charges Champions League contender Fenerbahce, 5 club officials in match-fixing case

Published June 10, 2013

| Associated Press

Fenerbahce faces a second expulsion from the Champions League within three seasons after the Turkish giant and five of its club officials were charged by European soccer's governing body in a match-fixing case.

The Union of European Football Associations said Monday it will hold a disciplinary hearing on June 22, and verdicts are expected the following week.

The five officials were not identified in a UEFA statement.

Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim was convicted last July in a criminal trial that resulted in 93 people charged in a case sparked by the Istanbul club's league-winning run in 2011.

UEFA banned Fenerbahce from the 2011-12 Champions League after the initial fixing allegations were made. Further action was likely when its lawyers finished studying the criminal verdicts.

UEFA rules bar clubs from its competitions for one season if they are connected to fixing matches played since April 2007.

UEFA opened a separate case Monday involving Romanian champion Steaua Bucharest, the 1986 European Cup winner, which will be heard June 21. Club president Gigi Becali was convicted last month of attempting to pay bribes to influence a team to beat one of Steaua's title rivals in 2008.

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