Emmanuel Emenike has revealed that he was treated like a criminal at Fenerbahçe S.K. during the alleged match fixing scandal.
Emenike had an unforgettable spell in Turkey playing in international matches. However, he was arrested along with a string of other players and some club officials in 2011 without kicking a ball in domestic Turkish matches in that year.
“I was treated like a common criminal. I cried like a baby because it was strange to me. At a point, the trauma was so much for me to bear, so I had to go for counselling. After I was released it was difficult for me to concentrate. There was no way I could remain with Fenerbahçe and be focused.” he recounted.
Emenike, did however return to the pitch with a Fenerbahçe jersey in 2013, he also played for FC Spartak Moscow in that same period. Thereafter, the retired Super Eagles player was signed on loan by Westham FC manager; Slaven Bilić, who had previously known him from his time in Russia and Turkey, as a replacement for the departing Mauro Zarate and imminently departing Nikica Jelavic.
The Turkish Match Fixing Scandal
The 2011 Turkish Sports corruption scandal was an investigation about match fixing, incentive premium, bribery, establishing a criminal organization, organized crime and intimidation in Turkey’s top two association football divisions, the Süper Lig and First League.
A Turkish special-authorized state court sentenced many people to various prison sentences. However on March 6, 2014, special-authorized courts were abolished in Turkey. On June 23, 2014, an earlier retrial demand was accepted. The retrial process started on January 15, 2015. After the retrial process, people who where charged were cleared of all charges pending Supreme Court approval.
Fenerbahçe received a two-year ban from European football for match-fixing.
Take a look at Emenike’s transfer history here.