10 Dec 2011

Turkish court accepts football indictment charges

12:29 pm on 10 December 2011

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging 93 football officials and players, including the chairman of champions Fenerbahce, with match-fixing in a case which has sent shockwaves through the league.

Attention will now turn to the reaction of the Turkish Football Federation and European football's ruling body UEFA.

Under sanctions so far, the TFF barred Fenerbahce from this season's Champions League over the allegations.

The Istanbul prosecutor Fikret Secen said a court in the city had accepted the indictment.

Turkish broadcasters obtained copies of the indictment and said the first hearing in the case would be on February the 14th.

Thirty-one players and officials, including Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim, have been jailed pending trial since the scandal first emerged in July.