Imprisonment looming for Fenerbahçe chairman as high court rejects appeal

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz YIldIrIm is facing a probable return to prison to complete his sentence after being convicted over a match-fixing scandal which took place during the 2010-2011 season, as the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals rejected YIldIrIm’s appeal.

With the Supreme Court of Appeals upholding the conviction, YIldIrIm seems to have exhausted all legal channels and will likely miss his team’s championship celebration at the end of this season, with Fenerbahçe maintaining a strong lead in the domestic league ahead of its rivals. If Fenerbahçe succeeds in beating its arch-rival BeIiktaI in this week’s Istanbul derby, fans will see another big celebration for Fener, known as the Yellow Canaries, which is believed to have the largest number of fans across Turkey.

YIldIrIm served one and a half years in prison over charges of rigging matches to ensure Fener’s championship three years ago. Last year he was released pending trial by an Istanbul court.

The Supreme Court of Appeals upheld his conviction earlier this year, prompting YIldIrIm to appeal to the office of Supreme Court of Appeals’ chief prosecutor to review the verdict. His appeal, however, was overturned on Thursday.(CihanToday’s Zaman)