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Match fixing scandal in Turkey


Turkey is the latest country to be hit by a match fixing scandal.   A series of raids were carried out by police after a court jailed the chairman of Fenerbache, pending trial.   However, Fenerbache, which was founded more than a century ago, has escaped the immediate threat of relegation.

Suspicions have been raised that the probe is a government-backed attempt to install new management in the football federation.   Urgur Vardan, sports editor of the daily newspaper Radikal said, 'There is no concrete proof, but there is a belief that the chairman of the football federation is chosen with the consent of the prime minister.'