Turkish Federation delays soccer season due to scandal

ISTANBUL, July 25 Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:08pm EDT

ISTANBUL, July 25 (Reuters) - Turkey's soccer federation decided on Monday to delay the start of the new season until Sept. 9 from Aug. 5 amid an investigation into match-fixing allegations involving some of the country's major clubs, CNN-Turk news channel reported.

A Turkish court has already jailed pending trial 31 people, including the chairman of champions Fenerbahce and the coach and deputy chairman of Besiktas on charges of match fixing which have plunged preparations for the new season into chaos.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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