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Football in Brief: Thomson to leave Hearts; Fenerbahce chairman arrested

Defender Craig Thomson is to leave Hearts, the Scottish Premier League club confirmed yesterday. The 20-year-old was suspended last month following a conviction for "lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour".

"Craig Thomson will leave Heart of Midlothian Football Club imminently," the club announced in a short statement.

"The club has considered all implications surrounding the issue and has decided to find a solution for the player to leave the club over the forthcoming days."

Fenerbahce chairman arrested over match-fixing

A court in Istanbul jailed the chairman of league champions Fenerbahce yesterday pending trial on charges of match-fixing, in an investigation which could result in the club being stripped of their title.

Aziz Yildirim joins 25 people already remanded in custody after police raids at the weekend, prompted by evidence of manipulation in 19 matches. Yildirim had been taken for medical treatment after prosecutors called for him to be jailed on Friday, but his questioning was completed yesterday, and the court ordered him to be jailed.