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Turkey to play next six official home matches behind closed doors on neutral ground – Sanctions imposed on various individuals

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee met at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Monday, 6 February and Tuesday, 7 February 2006 to discuss 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.

Under the chairmanship of deputy chairman Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (Bahrain), the committee, sitting as the body of first instance, passed the following decisions:

In the main proceedings against the Turkish Football Federation:

  • Decision Turkish FA

In the individual proceedings against:

a) Alpay Ozalan (Turkey, player)

a suspension of six official matches of his representative team. This suspension is carried over to the representative team's next official matches.

a fine of CHF 15,000 (+ procedural costs of CHF 1,000) Decision Alpay Ozalan

b) Emre Belozoglu (Turkey, player)

a suspension of six official matches of his representative team. This suspension is carried over to the representative team's next official matches.

a fine of CHF 15,000 (+ procedural costs of CHF 1,000) Decision Emre Belozoglu

c) Serkan Balci (Turkey, player)

a suspension of two official matches of his representative team. This suspension is carried over to the representative team's next official matches.

a fine of CHF 5,000 (+ procedural costs of CHF 500) Decision Serkan Balci

d) Mehmet Ozdilek (Turkey, assistant coach)

a ban from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other activity), within associations, confederations or FIFA for 12 months as from notification of this decision.

a fine of CHF 15,000 (+ procedural costs of CHF 1,000) Decision Mehmet Ozdilek

e) Benjamin Huggel (Switzerland, player)

a suspension of six official matches of his representative team. This suspension is carried over to the representative team's next official matches.

a fine of CHF 15,000 (+ procedural costs of CHF 500)

Decision Benjamin Huggel (German)

f) Stephan Meyer (Switzerland, physiotherapist)

a suspension of two official matches of his representative team. This suspension is carried over to the representative team's next official matches.

a fine of CHF 6,500 (+ procedural costs of CHF 500) Decision Stephan Meyer (German)

The decisions will now be sent to the relevant parties and will be followed up with a detailed, reasoned explanation within the next thirty days.

With the exception of the decisions against Serkan Balci and Stephan Meyer, all other first-instance decisions passed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee may be taken to the FIFA Appeal Committee before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne may be called upon to act as the body of final instance in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.