Football: Besiktas join Fenerbahce on sidelines after CAS dismiss appeal
ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - Turkish football team Besiktas have been excluded from the Europa League this season, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a Uefa-imposed one-year ban from European competition for match-fixing, CAS said on Friday.
The decision comes two days after CAS dismissed an similar appeal by rival Istanbul club Fenerbahce for a two-year Uefa ban over a separate match-fixing case, which along with a rash of doping cases has tarnished the image of Turkish sport.
The rulings were announced less than two weeks ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote on whether Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics on Sept 7 and could damage Turkey's hopes of hosting the Games for the first time.
Playing under appeal against the original ban, Besiktas beat Norway's Tromso 2-0 on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League play-off, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate, but the CAS ruling ends their campaign before the group stage.