Fenerbahce president convicted over match-fixing
A Turkish court on Monday convicted and sentenced Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim to 6 years and 3 months in prison on match-fixing charges.
The court also convicted several other suspects, including former Giresunspor president Olgun Peker, on similar charges.
However, the court released Yildirim and three other suspects after considering the time they have already spent in jail over the past year. Turkish law allows the court to free suspects after they serve a certain portion of their sentences. Yildirim and others were jailed one year ago.
The court also ordered Yildirim to pay a fine of $729,000 for fixing several league games.
Hundreds of Fenerbahce fans, who gathered outside the court house in Istanbul, greeted the decision with jubilation.
The ruling came two months after the Turkish football federation cleared all 16 Turkish teams of involvement in the alleged match-fixing scandal on grounds that there was no evidence that alleged attempts to fix games had altered the course of 22 matches tainted by the allegations.
Fenerbahce was barred from last season's Champions League as a result of the investigation.
UEFA said last week that Fenerbahce was eligible to participate in next season's Champions League, pending a final decision by the UEFA disciplinary board.