News 7th October 2015

Turkey charges two with match-fixing

A district court in Turkey has charged two Singapore nationals with attempted match-fixing in 2013, according to local news reports. One charge alleges attempted bribery of a Macedonian national to fix a 11 January 2013 friendly match between Belgium’s SC Charleroi and VVV Venlo of the Netherlands, but played in Turkey. VVV Venlo won the game 1-0.

The second charge reportedly alleges that the same two Singapore nationals attempted to bribe the same Macedonians to fix a game between Romanian club Steaua București and Dynamo Moscow on 3 February 2013. The Russian club won the game, which was also played in Turkey, 2-1.

Meanwhile, a prosecutor has reportedly submitted an opinion to the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court, recommending the acquittal of some of the high profile suspects among the 35 defendants accused of match-fixing in a separate investigation. According to local reports, the seven-page opinion recommended acquitting Fenerbahçe Chairman, Aziz Yildirim, who was convicted of match-fixing in 2012, but was released on appeal in 2013. Reports said that the case has been postponed until Friday (9 October).

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