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Fenerbahce slapped with European ban

By Football News



Fenerbahce's forward Piere Webo (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super League football match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, on on May 12, 2013
Fenerbahce's forward Piere Webo (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super League football match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, on on May 12, 2013

Turkish side Fenerbahce have been expelled from European competition by UEFA for two seasons over match-fixing charges.

The Istanbul club will not be able to participate in the 2013-14 UEFA CHampions League, which they had qualified for, with a third year's ban suspended for a probationary period of five years.

City rivals Besiktas have also been expelled from next season's UEFA Europa League.

The charges surrounding the two clubs relate to domestic games in Turkey in 2011 which were reported to have been fixed.

The decision marks the second time that Fenerbahce have been banned from the Champions League, after they were expelled from the 2011-12 campaign on similar charges.

Five club officials, said to include president Aziz Yildrim, have been implicated, but information surrounding any prospective punishments has yet to emerge.

Romanian giants Steaua Bucharest, whose president Gigi Becali was recently jailed on corruption charges, have been handed a suspended one-year ban from European football, and are clear to compete in this season's Champions League.