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FIFA Appeal Committee maintains disciplinary decisions re Turkey-Switzerland incidents

The FIFA Appeal Committee has today decided to maintain all appealed decisions taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 6 February and 7 February 2006 with respect to the incidents that occurred in connection with the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ preliminary competition match between Turkey and Switzerland in Istanbul on 16 November 2005.

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Meeting under the chairmanship of Rafael Salguero (Guatemala), the Committee examined in depth the appeals lodged by the Turkish FA, players Emre Belozoglu (Turkey), Ozalan Alpay (Turkey), Benjamin Huggel (Switzerland) and assistant coach Mehmet Ozdilek (Turkey) and rejected all appeals completely.

In accordance with the FIFA Statutes, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne may be called upon to act as the body of final instance, once the reasoned decisions have been notified to the parties.