UEFA disciplinary body says Fenerbahce can compete in Champions League
Turkish premier division club Fenerbahce said Friday that UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body had ruled that the Istanbul side can compete in the Champions League in 2012-2013 season, however, the final decision would be made by a higher disciplinary board of UEFA.
Fenerbahce said in a regulatory filing that the Control and Disciplinary Body had conveyed its ruling in a letter sent to the club as well as to the Turkish Federation.
Fenerbahce was banned fromChampions League due to a match-fixing scandal which implicated the club's president, Aziz Yildirim, and several Turkish players in rigging at least 19 games in the 2010-2011 season.
In related news, the Court of Arbitration in Sport ruled on Friday to lift a ban on Turkish football club Bursaspor from participating in European competitions for one year, however, ordered that the Turkish club pay a fine of 250 thousand euros for an alleged late payment of transfer fee to one of its players.