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Fenerbahce banned from Champions League
Istanbul, Turkey (Sports Network) - UEFA announced on Wednesday that Turkish side Fenerbahce has been banned from next season's Champions League over match-fixing allegations.
Fellow Turkish club Besiktas and Romanian side Steaua Bucharest were also implicated in the investigation, with Besiktas missing out on next season's Europa League, while Steaua will not be eligible to participate in one UEFA club competition for which the club would otherwise qualify over a probationary period of five years.
The UEFA control and disciplinary body (CDB) confirmed that Fenerbahce will be banned from European competition for three seasons in total, with the third year deferred for a probationary period of five years.
Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish Super Lig last season to qualify for the Champions League, but the club will once again be left out of Europe's premier club competition as they were during the 2011-12 season because of another match-fixing scandal.
A UEFA statement read: "The CDB carefully analyzed the situation of both Fenerbahce and Besiktas and has pronounced the following sanctions:
"Besiktas is not eligible to participate in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League.
"Fenerbahce is excluded from participating in the next three UEFA club competitions for which it would qualify, including the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League season. The ban for the third season is deferred for a probationary period of five years."
UEFA's decision means that Bursaspor will play in the Champions League and Kayserispor and Kasimpasa in the Europa League.
All three clubs facing sanctions from UEFA will have the opportunity to appeal.
06/26 11:14:50 ET
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