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The country's head of state and the French legend agree that applying punishment to institutions is not the way forward in the Eurasian nation's recent football controversy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, has called for individuals rather than clubs to be punished in the ongoing match-fixing scandal.

A number of Turkey's biggest clubs, including cup holders Besiktas and champions Fenerbahce, are currently on trial for a string of allegations pertaining to the tail-end of last season.

Fenerbahce had previously indicated that they would happily face relegation should the court find them guilty, but Erdogan feels that the individual perpetrators of the scandal are the ones that should be punished.

"In the principle of law, there are crimes committed by an individual. An individual person should be evaluated, and institutions should not be punished," he told the Uefa congress in Istanbul.

His views were echoed by Uefa president Michel Platini, who admitted that it was unlikely that clubs would avoid sanctions.

"The clubs should not be punished for the fraudulent activities of their presidents, I agree," he began. "But that is the system, and the clubs pay for their crimes. Is their any other way?

"Under the given circumstances, it seems unlikely."

Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim had previously used his defence speech to lash out at the Turkish government, saying that their views went against the principles of the club.

In June 2011, Erdogan's Justice and Development Party won a third term in government, earning 327 parliamentary seats from a total of 550.

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