Turkish Courts Convict President of Fenerbahce for Match Fixing

Published Friday, July 06, 2012 - Online-Casinos.com

The sport of football has fans all over the planet and may arguably be the most popular sport on the globe. The FIFA world cup tournament brought together a huge number of nations to compete for the trophy and the honour of being the best team in the world. Competition is fierce and the games are intense. Fans take every minute seriously and put enormous amounts of money into wagering on their favourite teams.

To make all of these events work properly officials try to keep the games fair and honest to protect the trust enshrined in a level playing field. When great plays and players become legend there is comfort in the knowledge that the game was scrutinized and policed by the sponsoring organizations and the countries which host them. When the plays, players and officials become suspected of match fixing the whole concept of fairness is destroyed. The scenario changes when corrupt owners, officials, and players do their worst and fix matches making all those who enjoy football less trusting of the results. Placing bets on games can be a risk at the best of times but when it is revealed that collusion and bribery are involved everyone suffers.

Recently in Turkey a match fixing ring was arrested and charged with the crime. Those who were convicted of these crimes were sentenced to jail in an effort to punish those responsible. Most recently Aziz Yildrim the president of Fenerbahce was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for his involvement in the match fixing scandal. It took one year to bring justice after police charged 93 individuals on suspicion of illegal match fixing which offered bribes to players and officials. This sort of thing has been going on for a long time and must be stamped out. A clear message has been sent by politicians in countries tainted by match fixing scandals. Italy’s Prime Minister warned that if these corrupt actions keep ruining the game then there may be more dramatic measures taken such as banning football all together for a period of time.

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