The Court of arbitration for Sport (CAs) dismissed the appeal of Besiktas Istanbul against the sanctions imposed by UEFA's appeal body. The Turkish club was excluded from the next UEFA competition.
CAs confirmed the penalties imposed by UEFA on May 30, 2012. As a result, Besiktas is excluded from the two next UEFA competitions for which he will be called in the next five seasons. This exclusion of the second competition is made conditional on a probationary period of five years.
The club was also fined €200,000, including €100,000 conditional on a probationary period of five years.
Review of the facts...
Besiktas had regularly qualified for the 2011/2012 Europa League and had obtained a license to participate in the competition on the part of the Turkish Football (FTF) Federation. On July 15, 2011 TFF provided the information necessary to UEFA for the financial control of the clubs on the basis of the figures provided by Besiktas. However this information revealed the existence of debts of several million euros (activities of transfer, salaries and social charges, taxes).
April 19, 2012, UEFA referred the matter to the Instance of discipline on the ground that Besiktas had violated the regulations concerning the UEFA licence. May 11, 2012, the European confederation gave an exclusion of competitions and a fine of €600,000 from the Turkish club. May 30, 2012, UEFA's appellate body confirmed the exclusion of Besiktas, but reduced the fine to €200,000.
June 15, 2012, Besiktas appealed to CAs against the decision of the UEFA. In agreement with the parties, the heap conducted an accelerated procedure and heard the parties on 5 July 2012.
This decision confirms the earlier decisions of the heap on the UEFA licensing and financial fair play (see for example the case of the Hungarian club of Györi: exclusion of a UEFA competition for the 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons).