Fenerbahce president guilty of match-fixing
An Istanbul court sentenced Monday the president of top side Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim, to six years and three months in prison in its final verdict on a match-fixing scandal that has rocked Turkish football.
The court also fined Yildirim 1.3 million Turkish lira (725,000 US dollars) for establishing a criminal organisation and rigging games, NTV news channel reported.
In view of their detention times, the court released all of the four arrested suspects, including Yildirim.
A total of 93 people were charged in the trial that began in February.
The decision will be forwarded to a higher court for approval, and if upheld, Yildirim is likely to be put behind bars again, NTV reported. He was held in custody for a year after the scandal erupted last summer.
But the legal process is expected to drag for another year before any final decision is reached, lawyers interviewed by NTV said.