Turkish authorities have charged three more suspects in connection with alleged match-fixing, state-run news agency Anatolian has reported.
Recep Ozturk, a goalkeeper with second-tier Konyaspor, Temel Eyupoglu, chairman of third-tier Tepecikspor, and businessman Ali Riza Gultekin have all been charged. Eight more people were being questioned on Friday, and further arrests could follow, authorities revealed.
Former international defender Fatih Akyel, part of the Turkey team which came third at the 2002 World Cup, was arrested on Thursday and remanded in custody on charges of fraud and gang membership, his lawyer said.
Earlier this week police detained 46 people in connection with the probe. They have since freed five of them including Arif Erdem, a deputy coach of Istanbul club Buyuksehir Belediyespor and Taner Gulleri, a striker with the club.
Newspaper Haberturk on Friday published a list of 59 games dating from 2007 to 2009, including 10 top division games it said were under investigation for match-fixing.
Turkey is bidding to stage the European Championship in 2016 and Hakan Unsal, who played with Akyel at the 2002 World Cup, said the arrests were a blow to the image of Turkish football.
“I’m very sorry that my former team mates are in such a situation… I’m sure the investigation will prove their innocence. This is a blow to the perception of the football community,” he told broadcaster NTVChampionship strugglers Crystal Palace host Cardiff this Saturday lunchtime, see the full BestPrice betting here – 12:45 SS1