Turkey reduces the prison terms for match-fixing

The maximum sentence has been brought down to three years from 12 with several figures in Turkish football under investigation
The Turkish government has drastically reduced the standard prison term for match-fixing with several high-profile figures in the game under investigation for offences last season.

Club officials from the likes of Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and Besiktas have been arrested in a scandal affecting 19 top-flight games last season, but now it seems those affected will face a truncated spell behind bars.

On Thursday, parliament and lawmakers working with the ruling AK Party unanimously voted to reduce the maximum sentence from 12 years to three years.

Over 30 club officials and players were arrested after a remarkable unbeaten run saw Fenerbahce claim the Super Lig crown, including club president and prominent businessman Aziz Yildirim.