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Turkish club Fenerbahce to challenge UEFA in court

Monday - 4/23/2012, 10:04am  ET

NYON, Switzerland (AP) - The Turkish club Fenerbahce will challenge European soccer's governing body in June before the highest court in international sports.

The team is seeking $59 million after it was barred from the Champions League because of a match-fixing scandal. The club wants compensation for lost prize money, match revenues and devalued stock.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will hear Fenerbahce's appeal against UEFA and Turkey's soccer federation June 18.

Fenerbahce won last season's Turkish league but was accused of fixing matches during its unbeaten title run. Club President Aziz Yildirim was jailed and is the main defendant in an ongoing criminal trial.

The Turkish federation withdrew Fenerbahce from the Champions League last August, days before the group-stage draw.


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