Emenike arrested in fixing probe
Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike is among 12 suspects being questioned over an alleged match-fixing scandal in Turkey, the state-run news agency in the country has reported.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has written to its counterparts in Turkey to demand an explanation over the arrest and detention of the Super Eagles striker.
The Anatolia news agency said Emenike was among 59 people who were detained on Monday before 12 key suspects were forwarded for interrogation.
This came after police investigating results in the Turkish top-flight last season called for a swoop on the suspects over some suspicious results.
According to the Star newspaper, the allegations include claims that Emenike, who was then playing for Karabukspor, was promised a transfer to Fenerbahce if he fails to play against the giants.
The Nigeria striker did not play in the league game and has since joined Fenerbahce in a deal worth US$9-million.
But the allegation has been vehemently denied by Karabukspor, who insist they have the medical certificate to show that Emenike was injured one week before the clash.
The allegations have prompted the NFF to react as they seeking details on Emenike’s arrest.
“While we do not intend to, in any way, prejudice police investigations into this matter as we regard match-fixing and other cheating methods in football with disdain, we however request for the full details of the issues leading to the arrest and detention of our international player, Emmanuel Emenike,” the NFF statement read.
The allegations have led to the arrest of Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildrim and at least five other club officials.
The police will interview the 12 key suspects before deciding whether to prosecute them.