- Associated Press - Monday, March 19, 2012

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) - The president of European soccer’s ruling body is meeting with Turkey’s prime minister amid a match-fixing scandal that has implicated league champion Fenerbahce and caused it to lose its place in the Champions League.

President Michel Platini and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Monday before this week’s UEFA executive committee meeting and annual congress in Istanbul.

Fenerbahce’s imprisoned chairman Aziz Yildirim is a main defendant in a trial over the scandal that allegedly involves more than a dozen games last season. Yildirim denies any wrongdoing.

The club says it has been unfairly treated by UEFA and Turkish soccer authorities. The team has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, seeking $58.5 million in compensation for being tossed from the Champions League.



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