Turkish Football Federation chief, deputies resign - Metro US

Turkish Football Federation chief, deputies resign

ANKARA, Turkey – The head of the Turkish Football Federation and two of his deputies have resigned following the controversy on how to deal with teams implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The federation said Mehmet Ali Aydinlar and two vice chairmen stepped down on Tuesday.

The resignations come days after a proposed rule change that would have prevented teams accused of match-fixing from being relegated was voted down during a tense emergency meeting.

Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim and 92 other people have been charged in the scandal allegedly involving 19 leagues game last season.

Their trial opens on Feb. 14. Fenerbahce, which was barred from the Champions League, was among clubs that opposed the rule change.

The federation will elect a new chairman on Feb. 27.

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