Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have detained 38 people suspected of “framing” soccer team Fenerbahce’s players and directors in a match-fixing investigation in 2011, as the government presses ahead with a crackdown on supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.
Anadolu Agency says the suspects, including former police chiefs, lawyers and at least one journalist, were detained Tuesday in raids in 28 cities.
Several Fenerbahce officials were arrested and tried as part of the match-fixing scandal but were acquitted in a re-trial last year. The club has long maintained that the case was orchestrated by prosecutors and police affiliated with Fethullah Gulen’s moderate Islamic movement.
The government accuses Gulen of attempting to overthrow it and has been clamping down on his supporters and seizing newspapers and businesses associated with him.