Trabzonspor chairman held in match-fixing probe

ISTANBUL,  (Reuters) – Turkish police detained 22  people including the chairman of Trabzonspor yesterday in a  widening match-fixing investigation which has already put 26  people in jail pending trial, broadcasters said.

The major nationwide investigation has plunged preparations  for the new season into chaos less than a month before kick-off  and could result in champions Fenerbahce being stripped of their  title. The detention of Trabzonspor’s Sadri Sener in    Istanbul came just hours after the chairman of Fenerbahce,  Aziz Yildirim, was remanded in custody on charges of  match-fixing and forming a criminal organisation.    Police were also taking a statement from the  former Turkish Football Federation chairman Mahmut Ozgener after  summoning him to police headquarters, media reports said.  Initial reports said police had detained him.

Among others held on Monday were another former federation  executive once responsible for the national team, Ankaragucu  goalkeeper Serdar Kulbilge and a former executive of the Ankara  club, media reports said. Police have yet to make a statement.

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