UEFA gives Fenerbahçe green light for Champions League entry
Fenerbahçe will play in the Champions League despite concerns of a UEFA ban for suspected involvement in match fixing.
The Professional Football Discipline Committee (PFDK) found Fenerbahçe chairman Aziz Yıldırım not guilty of involvement in match fixing .
The PFDK's decision however, is independent from an ongoing trial process involving the 93 Turkish officials, coaches and players, including Fenerbahce chairman's Aziz Yıldırım who stands accused of involvement in manipulating games and forming an unarmed criminal organization which intended to obtain financial income through sport.
Fenerbahçe released a statement on the Public Disclosure Forum (KAP) confirming that UEFA had accepted their qualification into the 2012-13 Champions League:
The Control & Disciplinary Body decides;
- To allow the Diciplinary Inspector and Fenerbahce to file additional submissions to the Control and Diciplinary Body
- For the time being the club of Fenerbahce is allowed to participate in the UEFA competition for which it is eligible pending a final decision of the UEFA Diciplinary Body in this regard."
The Istanbul clubs shares rose 12% on the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) following the decision.