UEFA: Fenerbahçe thrown out of Champions League
Turkish champions Fenerbahçe have been thrown out of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League following their involvement in match-fixing allegations.
Developments over the last 24 hours have been contentious to say the least with the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) forced by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to withdraw Fenerbahçe’s place in the competition or face further action in the event that they fail to decline their place. An extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors, which was held today, resulted in the TFF forfeiting the Istanbul club from the competition, a move which has angered Fenerbahçe who had earlier refused to withdraw. The move would have affected last season’s league runners-up Trabzonspor too but for the fact that they had already been eliminated from the qualifying rounds by Portuguese club SL Benfica.
Investigations into match-fixing have already delayed the kick-off to this season’s Turkish Süper Lig which is now due to begin on September 9th. At the time of writing it is not known how Fenerbahçe will be replaced in the UEFA Champions League but with less than 24 hours to go before this season’s group stage draw is made in Monaco there will be some interesting developments anticipated in the coming hours.