Fernerbahce Has Been Banned From European Football For Two Years.

Fans of Fenerbahce FC.
Fans of Fenerbahce FC.

Turkish clubs Besiktas and Fenerbahce have been banned from competing in Europe by football governing body UEFA for their involvement in domestic match-fixing.

Romanian side Steaua Bucharest have also been handed a suspended one-year ban for a breach of Champions League participation regulations.

Fenerbahce, who has been handed a two-year ban, where due to enter this season’s Champions League after finishing third in the Turkish League last season, but will now miss out. A third year has been suspended over a five year probation period.

Besiktas will drop out of the Europa League after receiving a one-year ban from Europe’s football governing body.

This will be the second time Fenerbahce are missing out on European competition after they were withdrawn from the 2011/12 Champions League by the Turkish Football Federation pending investigation for match-fixing.

In July 2012, ninety-three people- including club officials, coaches and players- were charged in a civil trial which centered on the club’s league-winning run of 2011.

Besiktas and two club officials were also investigated over match-fixing allegations, among which was the 2011 Turkish Cup final.

The banned clubs had their cases heard at a disciplinary hearing in Nyon after months of gathering information by UEFA.

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