European’s football governing body UEFA has chucked Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas out of European competition next season over match-fixing allegations.
Besiktas have been barred from playing in the UEFA Europa League next season, but their ban is for just 12 months. They join Malaga in facing a year on the sidelines; after the Spanish side’s recent appeal against expulsion for financial irregularities was rejected.
A UEFA statement read: “The CDB carefully analysed the situation of both Fenerbahce and Besiktas and has pronounced the following sanctions: Besiktas is not eligible to participate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League. Fenerbahce is excluded from participating in the next three UEFA club competitions for which it would qualify, including the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League season.”
It is the second time Fenerbahce have been banned for allegations of rigging in football matches. They earned a similar penalty in the 2011-12 campaign.
It will cast a doubt on the future of some players, including ex-Liverpool stalwart Dirk Kuyt and former Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles.
Fenerbahce have insisted they will appeal against the sanction. Romanian side Steaua Bucharest have also been given a suspended one-year ban following a breach of Champions League participation regulations.
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