The president of Turkish league champion Fenerbahce has been charged in court over his involvement in an alleged match-fixing scandal that threatens to strip the soccer club of its title.
Aziz Yildirim was charged on Sunday as thousands of Fenerbahce fans took to the streets of Istanbul in support of him. Yildirim was ordered jailed pending his trial along with 25 other suspects, including two other Fenerbahce executives.
The suspects are accused of manipulating games last season, making Turkey the latest country to be affected by a slew of match-fixing and betting scandals around the globe that has also gripped South Korea and Zimbabwe.
In Turkey, investigators obtained evidence of cheating and bribery involving 19 first- and second-division games.