* Former federation chairman questioned
* Fenerbahce chairman among 26 jailed pending trial
* Fenerbahce could be stripped of title
(Adds new detainees, details)
By Daren Butler
ISTANBUL, July 11 Turkish police detained 22
people including the chairman of Trabzonspor on Monday in a
widening match-fixing investigation which has already put 26
people in jail pending trial, broadcasters said.
The major nationwide investigation has plunged preparations
for the new season into chaos less than a month before kick-off
and could result in champions Fenerbahce being stripped of their
The detention of Trabzonspor's Sadri Sener in
Istanbul came just hours after the chairman of Fenerbahce,
Aziz Yildirim, was remanded in custody on charges of
match-fixing and forming a criminal organisation.
Police were also taking a statement from the
former Turkish Football Federation chairman Mahmut Ozgener after
summoning him to police headquarters, media reports said.
Initial reports said police had detained him.
Among others held on Monday were another former federation
executive once responsible for the national team, Ankaragucu
goalkeeper Serdar Kulbilge and a former executive of the Ankara
club, media reports said. Police have yet to make a statement.
Shares in Fenerbahce tumbled on the Istanbul
Stock Exchange last week on speculation it could be stripped of
Shares in Trabzonspor , runners-up last season,
rose last week on speculation they could be awarded the title
but they fell 5.5 percent on Monday after the detention of their
chairman. Fenerbahce shares dipped 2.8 percent.
Trabzonspor fans protested in the streets of the Black Sea
town on Sunday, calling for the league title to be awarded to
Other Fenerbahce board members are also among the 26 people
who have been remanded in custody after police raids a week ago,
prompted by alleged evidence of result manipulation in 19
Among these matches was Fenerbahce's 4-3 victory
over Sivasspor which clinched the title for them on the final
day of the season, according to media reports.
Angry Fenerbahce supporters demonstrated in their thousands
in streets near the club's stadium after the court ruling on
Yildirim. The club won the league for a record 18th time last
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called on Fenerbahce fans
to respect the judicial process and has said the match-fixing
affair has stained Turkey's image.
Meanwhile, European soccer's governing body UEFA has set a
deadline of July 15 for confirmation of the team taking part in
the third Champions League qualifying round, which would
normally be Trabzonspor as runners-up in the league.
Those already jailed pending trial include four Fenerbahce
executives, the chairman of Sivasspor, the coach of
Eskisehirspor, Sivasspor's goalkeeper and the former chairmen of
Diyarbakirspor and Giresunspor.
(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Alastair Himmer; To
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