Fenerbahce charged with match-fixing, barred from Champions League

Fenerbahce made it to the semifinal round of the UEFA Europa League last season.

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has charged Fenerbahce and five club officials in a match-fixing case, ensuring the Turkish giant faces a second expulsion from the Champions League within three seasons.

UEFA says it will hold a disciplinary case on June 22. Verdicts are expected the following week.

The five officials were not identified in a UEFA statement.

UEFA rules bar clubs from its competitions for one season if they are connected to fixing matches played since April 2007, when its legal statutes were updated.

Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish league this season and is set to enter the Champions League at the third qualifying round stage.

UEFA banished the Istanbul club from the 2011-12 Champions League after several officials were linked to fixing matches during the team's title run.

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