Turkish Football Federation delays decision on football scandal

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has announced that following a two hour meeting, they will not make a decision on the match-fixing scandal in Turkey until an indictment has been issued.

The meeting in Istanbul ruled that because the investigation is classed as confidential, the suspects involved have not seen the evidence or accusations against them, so the TFF has decided they could not reach an agreement on a punishment. Chairman of the TFF, Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, said: “Since the TFF has not received all the documents required for a decision, it is impossible to reach a decision unless the confidentiality is removed. Before the indictment is prepared and accepted, reaching a verdict would not be just and fair.”

Aydinlar stated that reaching a decision before the suspects have a right to defend themselves against the accused crimes would not abide with the international legal regulations. However once the confidentiality has been removed, Aydinlar said that reports will be taken from the Ethics Committee and the accused will have a chance to defend themselves, and then a decision will be taken in accordance with the laws.

The football scandal in Turkey has gripped the nation and implicated the biggest teams in Turkey. Last season’s Spor Toto Super League Champions Fenerbahce, runners-up Trabzonspor, and Turkish Cup winners Besiktas have all been implicated and could face serious charges should they be found guilty. All risk being relegated from the top flight of Turkish football for the first time in their illustrious history.

As part of the investigation, more than 90 people have been detained by police and a total of 31 have been arrested as part of the case. Five Fenerbahce officials, including Chairman Aziz Yildirim are currently being held in jail while awaiting trial. Aydinlar said that the arrested personnel will be sent to the Professional Football Disciplinary Committee (PFDK) in regards to their football bans.

The Turkish Spor Toto Super League is scheduled to start on September 9th, a month later than normal due to the on-going investigation. Football in Turkey is suffering the consequences of the match fixing allegations and the sooner this is cleared up then the sooner that Turkish football can move on and look to the future.

The match fixing allegations are not stopping players from moving to Turkey or investing in Turkey. It was recently announced that a Premier League footballer has purchased a property in Turkey for investment, and this follows the recent arrivals of English International Scott Carson, Brazilian International Felipe Melo, and recently Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has been linked with Galatasaray. The scandal in Turkey is not deterring footballers from moving to Turkey.

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