Turkey detains 46 in match-fixing probe

The Turkish Football Federation confirmed that an investigation by Istanbul prosecutors was underway.

Turkey detains 46 in match-fixing probe

Turkish police have detained 46 people including professional footballers from the country's top division in connection with a match-fixing probe, state-run news agency Anatolian (AA) reported on Thursday.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) confirmed that an investigation by Istanbul prosecutors was underway.

"As part of the investigation 46 people have been detained from 26 different provinces. We are targeting 53 suspects," said Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin.

Turkish media said those detained included a former national player, a deputy trainer of Istanbul club Buyuksehir Belediyespor and a striker with the club. Buyuksehir Belediyespor were not available for comment.

The TFF said in a statement on Thursday it had filed a complaint about suspected match-fixing and manipulation with prosecutors in Istanbul's Sariyer district last August.

"The TFF lodged a complaint with the Sariyer prosecutor on Aug. 4, 2009, in relation to information it had on suspected match fixing in three cases," the TFF said in a statement.

The TFF added the probe was not related to an investigation into a huge match-fixing ring exposed by prosecutors in the German city of Bochum last November, although information from that investigation had been passed on to Turkish authorities.

The ring in Bochum involved 200 matches, 29 of which were from Turkey's first division.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Mart 2010, 16:02

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