2 Turkish clubs face Europa League expulsion

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Eskisehirspor face Europa League expulsion for involvement in a domestic match-fixing scandal in 2011.

UEFA said in a statement on Wednesday that its appeal panel will hear disciplinary cases against the clubs on June 2-3.

"UEFA applies a 'zero-tolerance' principle as regards the participation of clubs in UEFA competitions which have been involved in match-fixing activities," the football body said.

UEFA rules demand clubs are disqualified from the Champions League or Europa League if match-fixing is proven since April 2007, when its legal statutes were updated to take tougher action against clubs involved in corruption.

Both clubs were implicated in deliberately losing to eventual champion Fenerbahce late in the 2010-11 season.

Sivasspor finished fifth in this season's Turkish league and, on sporting merit, would enter the Europa League third qualifying round.

Eskisehirspor would enter the second qualifying round as the Turkish Cup runner-up.

Fenerbahce won the league this season but is barred from the Champions League — where it would have had direct entry to the 32-team group stage — as it completes a two-year expulsion from UEFA competitions.

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