International soccer is no stranger to controversy, and on Monday Turkey became the next country in line for scandal. A total of 93 people -- including Aziz Yildirim, the president of the prestigious Fenerbahce football club -- were convicted of match-fixing by an Istanbul court.
According to Turkey's Hürriyet Daily News, Yildirim could spend six years in prison for bribing players and club officials. He was also fined 1.3 million Turkish lira ($720,000) and banned from managing the club and watching games.
The investigation against Fenerbahce has been going on for the past year and it kept the league-winning team out of the Champions League tournament. While 92 others were convicted on similar charges, a number of officials from Trabzonspor, the team who lost the Spor Toto Super League title to Fenerbahce last year, were acquitted.
They are trying to use Fenerbahce to clean the dirt in the matches. I say now as I did at the start: Even if we are on the gallows, our last word is Fenerbahce, Yildirim, who is going to appeal the court's decision, said before the verdict was announced.