ISTANBUL, July 13 - A Turkish court jailed the coach and
deputy chairman of Istanbul club Besiktas pending trial on
Wednesday in a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed
preparations for the new soccer season, media reports said.
The Istanbul court has already jailed 26 people including
the chairman of champions Fenerbahce, who feature highly in the
probe, and the latest ruling targeted a second of the city's
"Big Three" clubs which dominate Turkish football.
However, Turkey's soccer federation has said it will not
launch its own investigation until the indictment is prepared,
effectively confirming Fenerbahce as champions who can take
their place in the lucrative Champions League next season.
In the latest court moves, Besiktas coach Tayfur Havutcu,
who is a former Turkey international, deputy chairman Serdal
Adali and another of the club's officials were remanded in
custody with two players from Istanbul municipality club IBB.
Media reports have said the Turkish cup final between
Besiktas and IBB (Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor) is one of 19
games highlighted in the police investigation.
Besiktas won the final 4-3 on penalties to win a place in
next season's Europa League.
European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Tuesday it had
no reason on current evidence to ban any Turkish clubs from
European competition at this stage.
Also on Tuesday police detained 22 people, including the
chairman of Trabzonspor. He was later released on condition he
did not leave the country. The former football federation
chairman was also released after questioning by prosecutors.
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.
Media reports said among other matches under investigation
were Fenerbahce's 4-3 victory over Sivasspor which clinched the
title on the final day of the season.
Turkish Football Federation chairman Mehmet Ali Aydinlar
said this week it could not yet launch its own inquiry as it did
not have any evidence or documentation.
Reports about the investigation have triggered major
volatility in the shares of the leading Turkish clubs.
Speculation that Fenerbahce could be stripped of
their title knocked a third off the value of the club's shares
last week, but they have recovered those losses this week.
Shares in Trabzonspor are now higher than before
the investigation began.
The soccer federation chairman has said the domestic league
will begin as scheduled on Aug. 5 and champions Fenerbahce will
play cup winners Besiktas in the Super Cup on July 31.
The chairman of the third major Istanbul club, Galatasaray,
which has not been mentioned in media reports on the
investigation, said on Tuesday that a delay to the start of the
season should be considered.
(Editing by Ken Ferris; To comment on this story email
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