Fenerbahçe, former president Aziz Yıldırım

Former Fenerbahçe president Aziz Yıldırım acquitted of match-fixing

The Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the acquittal of the former Fenerbahçe president, accused of fixing Turkish league matches.

The 5th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Turkey (Yargıtay) ruled late Monday that the former president of Fenerbahçe, Aziz Yıldırım, and other officials of the Turkish club should be acquitted of charges of match-fixing in the Turkish league of football.

The high court was tasked with examining an appeal filed by Trabzonspor, the current leading team in the Turkish Super League, which maintains that Fenerbahçe officials fixed several Turkish league matches in the 2010-2011 season.

The Court thus had to rule on the previous acquittal ruled for Yıldırım by Turkish courts. Finally, and unanimously, the Yargıtay ruled not guilty both for the former president of the club and for the club executives Abdullah Başak, Ilhan Yüksel Ekşioğlu and Ahmet Çelebi.

Aziz Yıldırım, president of Fenerbahçe between 1998 and 2018, entered into prison in 2012 for almost a year together with several club officials for the match-fixing scandal that affected the Turkish football league, and which affected about twenty games only in the first division. Both Yıldırım and the rest of the members of the club always denied the accusations, stating that the evidence presented had been falsified. Fenerbahçe, who was sanctioned for two years by UEFA with a ban from playing European competitions, is currently 4th in the league, 14 points behind Trabzonspor.