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The Passion and the Penalty

Football takes supporters to great heights, but a crisis in Turkey is threatening to drag the game into disrepute.

Last updated: 08 Nov 2012 09:31
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On May 22, 2011, Fenerbahce Football Club were crowned champions of Turkey's Super League for the 2010/2011 season.

But within a few weeks, the world of Turkish football was in shock as news broke of match-fixing charges brought against 93 people from 16 different clubs.

These included players, managers and coaches, as well as top executives from three of Turkey’s major clubs - Besiktas, Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce. The Turkish media seized on the story.

 
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