Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Monday requested the
acquittal of Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim and five other suspects in a
retrial over a match-fixing scandal that shook Turkish football.
Yildirim had been sentenced to six years and three months in
prison in 2012 over the scandal and served around a year of that sentence
before being freed pending appeal.
A retrial was then ordered in June 2014 and prosecutors
requested Monday that all the suspects including Yildirim should be acquitted
and their original convictions quashed, the official Anatolia news agency
As well as match fixing, Yildirim had also been convicted of
founding a criminal organisation.
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The judge is due to announce the final verdict on Friday
with an acquittal ruling now almost certain.
Yildirim, who became Fenerbahce chairman in 1998, is one of
the most prominent and powerful figures in Turkish football.
His original conviction for match-fixing in the 2011-2012
season sent shockwaves through Turkish football and resulted in the club being
banned for two seasons from European competition.
Undeterred by the legal problems, Yildirm has over the last
months sought to spearhead a drive to turn the club into a major footballing
power signing stars including Robin Van Persie and Nani from Manchester United.
His supporters ridiculed the original investigation against
him, linking it to prosecutors who in 2013 brought sensational corruption
allegations against the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan has angrily denied those claims, blaming the now
dropped graft investigation on a "parallel state" led by his arch
enemy, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.For
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