Soccer-UEFA upholds Fenerbahce, Besiktas bans (Reuters)

July 15 (Reuters) – Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas have failed in their bids to overturn bans from European competition, UEFA said on Monday. Fenerbahce, who were due to compete in this season’s Champions League, were banned from European soccer for two seasons and Besiktas, who had qualified for the Europa League, for one season. Both bans were linked to a domestic match-fixing scandal which rocked Turkish football in 2011. The two clubs asked UEFA in June to re-examine their punishments and in both cases European soccer’s governing body decided to uphold the sanctions. …

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