Turkish giants banned from European competition by UEFA

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Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas have both been banned from the Champions League and Europa League, respectively, next season.

The two clubs have been banned because of match-fixing allegations.

Fenerbahce have been banned from the Champions League after they were expected to compete in the third qualifying round next season, while Fenerbahce have been banned from all forms of European football for three seasons - although the final season is expected to be deferred for a probationary period of five years. 

Meanwhile, fellow Turkish side Besiktas have been banned for one season by the control and disciplinary body at UEFA, meaning that the place they claimed for next seasons Europa League will become void. 

Both of the bans faced by the two clubs date back to allegations made in domestic matches in the 2010/11 season. And this is not Fenerbahce's first ban following allegations of match-fixing. They were excluded from the 2011/12 Champions League when a scandal was unearthed surrounding Turkish football in many games in the 2010/11 season.

Fenerbahce won the Turkish title in the 2010/11 season after a 4-3 win over Sivasspor and this game was one of many that had been pre-organised. 

UEFA has stated that the charge faced by Besiktas dates back to the 2011 Turkish Cup final, where they beat Buyuksehir Belediyespor on penalties, following a 2-2 draw. 

It is a shame for Turkish football fans that they will not get to see their teams in action in the major European platforms next season, as it is the only chance where many world audiences get to see the likes of Fenerbahce and Besiktas play.


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