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Turkey match-fixing trial begins

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The trial for a match-fixing scandal that has plunged Turkey’s multi-billion-euro league into chaos began on Tuesday in Silivri near Istanbul.

Outside the court room Paramilitary police were out in force.

As were some two thousand supporters of champions Fenerbahce whose jailed president Aziz Yildirim is the most high-profile of the 93 officials and players charged in the case.

The scandal came to the public light last July when police raids led to the detention of dozens of people including Yildirim.

The suspects are on trial for allegedly fixing results of 19 matches last season involving eight clubs, including Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Trabzonspor, who are in the Europa League.

Although the two week court case concerns only individuals the club’s are likely to face heavy sanctions at home and in Europe where UEFA are keeping a close eye on proceedings.