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Fenerbahce have opened a court case against UEFA and the Turkish Football Federation over their exclusion from the Champions League in connection with a match-fixing investigation.

More than 30 players and officials have been jailed in Turkey pending trial, including Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim, over alleged manipulation in 19 matches.

Fenerbahce opened the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on September 1, the club said in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange on Sunday.

The Istanbul-based side had announced that it had appointed two lawyers to represent it over the exclusion.

‘The case is opened with a demand now for 45 million euros (£39million) and reserving the right for more in connection with our material loss due to the said exclusion,’ it said.

The court petition also requests an interim measure to reinstate Fenerbahce in the Champions League and Fenerbahce said that they expect a CAS decision by next weekend.

In August the TFF rejected the club’s offer to play in a lower division, having already turned down an appeal against the ruling barring Fenerbahce from European competition.

The TFF said it would not take any decisions regarding individuals or clubs involved in alleged match-fixing until a Turkish court accepts the indictment and ends a ban on the disclosure of evidence. That could take several months.

However, under pressure from UEFA, the TFF then excluded Fenerbahce from the Champions League, allowing Turkish league runners-up Trabzonspor to take their place.

The TFF has postponed the start of the season by a month until September 9 due to the investigation.

Source: DailyMail

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