UEFA hands Besiktas 1 year ban from European competitions
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ISTANBUL - According to the UEFA decision, Besiktas will not be able to participate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League, for which the club would otherwise qualify.
Another Turkish football club, Fenerbahce, are banned for three years.
Besiktas said it would appeal the decision.
The Black Eagles finished the Turkish league third this season, right after champions Galatasaray and runners-up Fenerbahce.
The first two teams are eligible for participation in the Champions Leauge, while the third team and the winner of the Turkish Cup qualify for the Europa League competition.
The decision comes as a result of match-fixing charges that Serdar Adali, a former Besiktas executive, and Tayfur Havutcu, the club's ex-coach, were convicted of last year.
Both men were sentenced to one year and three months in prison for influencing the outcome of 2011 Turkish Cup final match between Besiktas and Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor.
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