United’s on loan winger Bebe’s new club, Besiktas, have been rocked by the news that two of their leading officials have been arrested amid match fixing claims.
“Besiktas vice-president Serdar Adali and technical director Tayfur Havutcu were summoned to appear at Istanbul police headquarters for questioning before being taken into custody.
“Besiktas, who finished fifth in the Turkish league last season, are one of Istanbul’s three big clubs along with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
“Since July 3, Turkish police have arrested more than 80 footballers and club officials as part of a far-reaching match-fixing probe into 19 first division matches, with 26 suspects placed in provisional detention.
“National football federation head Mehmet Ali Aydinlar insisted on Monday, however, that the league would start on August 5 as planned, adding that the federation would not take any disciplinary action against the clubs concerned until the prosecutors’ indictment was ready.
“The federation has until Friday to notify UEFA of which teams will play in European competitions.
“Police are investigating the outcome of 19 matches in Turkey’s top two divisions last season which ended with Fenerbahce clinching the title on the final day by goal difference from Trabzonspor.
“The inquiry and arrests have created shock waves among football supporters amid the prospect that Fenerbahce could be stripped of the title.”
What effect this could have on the club, or even the Turkish league remains to be seen, but one things for sure, after his rags to riches dream move to United turned into something of a disaster, Bebe deserves a bit of luck for once.
It’s not all bad news for the Portuguese winger, he did grab a goal in his sides 3-1 friendly win over Salzburg last night.