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Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yıldırım given 6 year prison sentence

2012-07-02 02:54:34

Aziz Yıldırım has been given a 6 years three months prison sentence

Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yıldırım has just been given a six year three month prison sentence and fined 1.3 million Turkish Lira at the Çağlayan courthouse in line with, Turkish law No. 6222 which covers match-fixing in sport.

The punishment comprises of two separate offences. Yıldırım was given a two year, six months sentence for forming an unarmed criminal organization which intended to obtain financial income through sport.

In addition Yıldırım was handed a three year nine months sentence for fixing and manipulating the outcome of games.

Yıldırım was found guilty of involvement in the the fixing and manipulation of the following matches last season:

- Fenerbahçe-Karabükspor
- Fenerbahçe-Ankaragücü
- Fenerbahçe-Sivasspor
- Eskişehirspor-Trabzonspor
- Fenerbahçe-İBB

Following the decision Yıldırım told the court, "The Turkish Football Federation is trying to use us as a scapegoat for their dirty games. Even if you decide to hang me my last words will be Fenerbahçe, I want my freedom!"

Yıldırım will now appear in-front of the The Supreme Court of Appeals to await a final verdict. The Supreme Court is Yıldırım's last chance for his conviction to be overhauled.

The Supreme Court of Appeals is Turkey's Court of Cassation, the last instance for reviewing verdicts given by courts of criminal and civil justice.

The final verdict given by the Supreme Court could have wider implications, it would jeopardize the Turkish Football Federation and Professional Football Discipline Committee's (PFDK) recent report clearing Fenerbahçe and Yıldırım of any involvement in match-fixing and manipulating games.

The TFF and PFDK members may be forced to resign and a major reshuffle in the football federations and governing bodies in Turkey could ensue.

Yıldırım has also been banned from attending matches and will be forced to resign from his position as chairman of Fenerbahçe should the Supreme Court uphold his punishment.

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