Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Turkey vows 'legal war'

Istanbul - The Turkish Football Association said on Wednesday it was preparing for a "legal war" against the sanctions that Fifa slapped on Turkey for the violence that marred their November World Cup qualifier against Switzerland.

"We did not expect such a heavy penalty. We are shocked," association president Haluk Ulusoy said at the Ataturk airport after flying in from Zurich, where the sanctions were announced on Tuesday.

"We will launch a legal war... we will make the most intensive efforts" to secure a reduction from the penalties, he said.

Fifa ordered Turkey to play their next six official home games behind closed doors at a neutral venue and pay all organisational costs, handed out a 200 000 Swiss francs (129 000 euro) fine and banned three of their players.

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