20 Jul 2011

Turkish football season in doubt

1:20 pm on 20 July 2011

The Turkish Super Cup match between league champions Fenerbahce and cup winners Besiktas has been postponed due to a court investigation into match-fixing allegations which have hit some of the country's major clubs.

The Turkish football federation chairman Mehmet Ali Aydinlar says it's expecting to start receiving prosecutors' documents regarding the probe shortly and the federation would then reach a decision on when the new season will start.

A Turkish court has already jailed pending trial 31 people, including the chairman of champions Fenerbahce and the coach and deputy chairman of Besiktas on charges of match fixing which have plunged preparations for the new season into chaos.

The league season was originally scheduled to begin on August 5th but a postponement is one of the options open to the federation as it weighs up its response to the match-fixing allegations.

Fenerbahce, one of the club's at the centre of the police investigation, are set to play in the lucrative Champions League along with runners-up Trabzonspor.

However, the federation has the authority to ban clubs from competitions or relegate them.