World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands of Fenerbahce supporters Sunday marched in protest of a UEFA decision to ban the Istanbul side from all European competitions for 2 years plus a possible 1-year if they are fined again over a five-year probation period for a match-fixing scandal in the 2010/2011 league season.
Fans took to the posh neighborhood of Bagdat Street in Istanbul's Asian side, chanting against UEFA, the body's chief Michel Platini and their arch-rival Galatasaray.
"Mafia UEFA, do not try our patience!" they chanted, unfurling banners that read "our faith is absolute, we continue our struggle", and "your love was our cause, now your case is our love."
Yasemin Mercil, an executive board member was also among the protesters.
"I am happy to march with our supporters. We are having hard times. UEFA has taken some decisions very hastily. Our supporters held this march to show their support to the team and our chairman Aziz Yildirim. Their energy is important for us, because this keeps us live. I thank them very much as they stand with us,” she told the Anadolu Agency.
Many supporters of the rival Besiktas team also participated in the march to support Fenerbahce fans against as some supporters were seen clad in Galatasaray uniforms who waved Fenerbahce flags.
The ban decision is subject to appeal at UEFA Appeals Body and further at internationally recognized Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Fenerbahce said it would appeal.
Fenerbahce's ban currently stands at two years, but if sanctioned again by the UEFA during the next five years, the club will receive an additional one-year ban.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Temmuz 2013, 13:18