Fenerbahce booted out of the Champions League

Turkish side Fenerbahce have been booted out of the Champions League after a huge match fixing scandal implicated that has erupted in Turkey.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) withdrew them from the competition because of the scandal, which has seen more than 30 players and officials being jailed (pending trial) in connection with 19 matches. These include Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim and the coach and deputy chairman of Besiktas. Runners-up Trabzonspor have been sent in their place. Uefa had wrote to the TFF on Tuesday demanding that the Turkish champions remove themselves, but the club declined, forcing the TFF's hand.

However Fenerbahce are appealing the decision, saying that Uefa's stance was unlawful, and that it could take action against both Uefa and the TFF. They feel that they are being punished without being given a fair trial.

'The panel considered that the Turkish Football Federation took the right decision to protect the game, fully in line with our zero-tolerance policy against match-fixing,' said Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino. 'The Turkish Football Federation has shown with this decision that it takes its full responsibility in the fight against corruption.'

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