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Prosecutors said another Fenerbahce official gave $129,300 to Ibrahim Akin, a player for a rival team, to throw a game. Akin was convicted of match-fixing and sentenced to 18 months in prison; he is appealing.

They also said Fenerbahce aide Abdullah Basak was given a Mini Cooper as a reward for meeting with officials and players of other clubs to fix games. Basak’s sentence of 15 months in prison for membership in a “criminal gang” was commuted. He was convicted and sentenced to a further 2 1/2 years for match-fixing, which he is appealing.

Yildirim also was accused of asking former Turkish Football Federation head Mahmut Ozgener about the referees who would handle Fenerbahce games, seeking those who would favor his team.

Yildirim conceded that wiretaps show him asking referee chief Oguz Sarvan to talk to the referee overseeing the next Fenerbahce game, but said it was only because the man was known to be a devoted follower of the Besiktas team.

“The conversations are ordinary, the type of conversation any club director would make. There is no request for favoritism but a request for an unbiased referee,” Yildirim said.

Yildirim denied any wrongdoing and mocked the allegations against him, saying police initially declared irregularities in 19 games but mentioned only 13 in the indictment.

“Six games vaporized?” he asked.

Yildirim called the trial a plot “to block Fenerbahce and prevent its rise.”

“It is clear as day that this is an operation against the Fenerbahce Sports Club and against Aziz Yildirim,” he testified. “A group wanting to take over Turkish sports organized this operation.”

Yildirim was convicted and sentenced to six years and three months in prison. He spent a year behind bars, but was released pending an appeal; a decision is expected this spring. Fenerbahce officials refused requests to interview Yildirim.

If the conviction and sentence are upheld, he will return to prison and be forced to step down as Fenerbahce chairman.

Three other Fenerbahce officials and officials from five other teams also were found guilty.

Fenerbahce was barred from last season’s Champions League as a result of the investigation, but UEFA says the team is eligible to participate in next season’s competition, pending a final ruling by the disciplinary board of UEFA, Europe’s soccer body.

Fenerbahce, claiming it was treated unfairly by UEFA and the Turkish Football Federation, appealed to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, seeking $58.5 million in damages. It later dropped the case.

Meanwhile, a change of regime occurred in the Turkish Football Federation as its chief resigned. Under new leadership, the organization declared that none of the match-fixing affected any matches and cleared all of the clubs mentioned in the indictment.

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