Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Premier League: Emmanuel Emenike: Prison gave me a different perspective on life

On loan West Ham United striker Emmanuel Emenike has spoken about his time in prison as part of a match-fixing allegation in 2011.
The powerful Nigerian international striker, 28, was thrown in a cell for four nights after allegations he'd feigned injury to get out of a crucial game between Karabukspor - whom Emenike played for - and Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce went on to win 1-0 and then closed in on the title, but Emenike was accused of missing the match on the basis of his £9m deal which had allegedly already been agreed. Consequently, reports claim he didn't want to harm his potential new club's chances of success.
Emenike was eventually let go due to a lack of evidence, but speaking to reporters , the striker revealed that the experience still haunts him as he was forced to live on bread and water for the duration of his stay.

​"My time in prison was a crazy nightmare that I couldn't wake up from," Emenike said. "I've never committed a crime in my life but I was treated like a criminal, living on bread and water.
"It was not a good experience. It gave me a different perspective on life.
"When I was finally cleared I thanked God for letting justice prevail."
Karabukspor even went to the extent of showing the official authorities a doctor's certificate to prove that Emenike was actually injured.
And it was only in April 2013 that he was finally acquitted of all charges.
Emenike then signed for Fenerbahce, who in turn loaned him straight out to Spartak Moscow, though he returned to the Turkish giants in 2013, and helped them win the Turkish Super Lig and Turkish Cup double in 2014.
West Ham United are flying in the Premier League this season and find themselves in seventh position - level on points with sixth placed Southampton - and only one point behind fifth placed Manchester United.
The Hammers face an away trip to Blackburn in their next fixture, in what is an FA Cup fifth round tie. 

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