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football authorities finally taking their heads out of the sand

Good article from CNN about match-fixing and how stubborn football authorities are finally starting to realise just how big and how widespread the problem is.

Football's match-fixing problem


(CNN) -- It was the highest profile, and most embarrassing, sanction imaginable.

The decision by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to withdraw champions Fenerbahce from this season's Champions League on Wednesday, due to allegations of endemic match fixing and bribery, shocked the football world far outside arguably Europe's most passionate footballing nation.

For Turkish football fans, it's the equivalent of Manchester United being stripped of the English Premier League title; or of the New York Yankees losing the World Series over corruption charges. Last year's runners up, Trabzonspor, will take Fenerbahce's place, but the shock waves remain...



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