Fenerbahçe fans reacted to the situation at a friendly match between Fenerbahçe and Shaktar Donetsk by ripping out seats and throwing them at members of the press [can’t condone that, but you see their point] and invading the pitch. As the investigation wore on Fenerbahçe were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and Chris Eaton, Chairman of the Fifa Security Committee, claimed that links to organised crime networks had been found during Fifa’s work with the Turkish police on the investigation.
On 16 January 2012 Galatasaray SK sent an official legal warning to the Turkish Football Federation saying, “If Galatasaray are not disqualified for the European competition next season due to a UEFA ban after the TFF decision regarding the removing relegation penalty, the Federation will have to take full responsibility”.
On 26 January 2012 General Convention of Turkish Football Federation, which are consists of Turkish clubs, rejected a federation proposal to spare clubs from possible relegation over a match-fixing scandal.
Then on 30 April 2012 Turkish Football Federation changed article 58 of disciplinary regulations regarding the way in which match-fixing was to be punished, and removed threats of relegation and stressing that all punishments can be postponed.
At this point clubs started issuing legal threats against the Turkish Football Federation and Galatasaray demanded the removal of the new rules. The Turkish Football Federation Arbitration Board, rejected the appeals and the objections and then cleared everyone of any wrong doing, including Fenerbahçe who were by now barred from the Champions League.
On 10 May 2012 Michel Platini, told the Turkish authorities, “If you do not relegate the teams, you can not be in Europe”.
Following the failure of the Turkish authorities to do anything, and following their claim that they had never heard from Platini on the matter Platini said “UEFA has zero tolerance for clubs and players involved in match fixing because this is what kills football.” But then on 22 June 2012 UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body agreed to allow Fenerbache to file new submissions – and with that allowed Fenerbahce to enter European competitions.
In the end no club was punished by Turkish Football Federation – not even the officials who had been given jail sentences by the İstanbul High Court.
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