Steaua will play in CL after all

“Steaua are not eligible to participate in one UEFA club competition for which the club would otherwise qualify, but this sanction is deferred for a probationary period of five years”, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) announced on Tuesday, according to This means that Romanian champions are allowed to play in the Champions League preliminary round, this summer, when they will meet Macedonian champion Vardar Skopje. UEFA had opened disciplinary proceedings against Romania’s champion after Steaua Bucharest owner George Becali was sentenced to three years in prison for attempting to pay bribes to influence a team to beat one of Steaua’s title rivals in 2008. Also on Tuesday evening UEFA announced sanctions for Turkish teams Besiktas and Fenerbahce.  Besiktas are not eligible to participate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League while Fenerbahce are excluded from participating in the next three UEFA club competitions for which they would qualify.
Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas are to appeal against a UEFA decision to bar the two clubs from European competitions on match-fixing accusations, reports.
“It is a surprising decision and I have a hard time understanding it,” Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman told NTV Spor. “We will definitely appeal against the decision, because Besiktas, with its fame and glory, is the most well-established club of Turkey.”
Yasemin Mercil, Fenerbahce board member and a lawyer, said the clubs were punished due to the actions of the individuals concerned, so the clubs’ punishment should not have been decided when the board could not decide on the people involved.
“There is a 13-page detailed ruling and we are working on it,” Mercil told Fenerbahce TV. “We have three days to appeal, and we will appeal.”
Both Turkish clubs and their executives are involved in a match-fixing probe that started on July 3, 2011, regarding a number of games in the 2010-2011 season, when Fenerbahce won the league.
Several Fenerbahce officials, including chairman Yıldırım and vice-chairman Mosturoglu, were found guilty of rigging when the judge gave his verdict last July. The Fenerbahce chairman was sentenced to six years and three months in prison, pending appeal.

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