New wave of high-profile arrests in Turkey match-fixing probe

09:55, July 12, 2011      

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Turkish police on Monday detained a number of high-profile figures in a new wave of arrests in connection with alleged football match fixing.

Among those detained are the former chief of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) Mahmut Ozgener, the president of Trabzonspor Sadri Sener, and former TFF member Levent Kizil.

An Istanbul court, which is conducting the investigation, ordered the arrest of the chairman of Turkish league champions Fenerbahce Aziz Yildirim on Sunday.

Thus far, 26 people have been arrested and charged while many others are being held for further questioning.

Turkish police last week issued a statement saying it had evidence that 19 matches were fixed in the Turkish 1st and 2nd divisions last season.

Source: Xinhua
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