Michel Platini, the boss of Uefa stated his agreement with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on the penalties for teams, executives and players involved in match fixing scandal at the Uefa Congress 2012 held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Istanbul / NationalTurk – UEFA chairman Michel Platini expressed he agrees with Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan on football clubs’ on match fixing case. The head of european Football says football clubs should not be penalysed for the crimes of individuals but also suggested that there is no other way to punish match rigging and fixing.
Uefa president Platini on match fixing penalties in Turkey
‘ The disciplinary committee is an independent body. The sports clubs should not be punished for the fraudulent activities of their chairmens, I agree. But that is the system and the clubs pay for the crimes they commit. Is there any other way? i ask thee.. Well, it seems unlikely under the given circumstances,’ an over-confident Platini stated today in Istanbul during the 36th UEFA Congress 2012 in Turkey.
Turkey was hit by the country’s biggest a match-fixing scandal in 2011 that led to the arrests of nearly 100 players, coaches and club presidents, including Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yıldırım. Fenerbahçe was banned from playing in this season’s Champions League over the allegations, but no Turkish team has yet received a domestic penalty in connection to the alleged rigging since the match fixing trial started on 14th February.
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Michel Platini also stated he would vote in favor of Turkey’s bid to host the 2020 European Championships but added that Turkey finds itself in a difficult sitiation because it was also bidding for hosting the 2020 Olympics. ‘ The two cannot be together,’ he finished.