Fenerbahce release statement following reports of racist abuse aimed at Emmanuel Emineke
Turkish club Fenerbahce have released a statement responding to media reports containing allegations that Emmanuel Emenike was racially abused by his own supporters during their 1-0 home win against Besiktas on Sunday (22 March).
The Nigeria international appeared to try to get himself substituted in the first half of the match, taking off his shirt and running off the pitch. But he was held back by his coaches on the sidelines and convinced to carry on playing.
Reports emerged that Emenike had posted on Twitter stating he had been racially abused, but in a statement released on Monday (23 March), the club has since gone on to suggest the message came from a fictitious account.
The statement read: “Due to the some news that have been caused by unreal posts from some fake accounts on the name of Emmanuel Emenike on Twitter, it has been considered necessary to make this statement.
“Our player Emmanuel Emenike’s official twitter account is @E29EMENIKE . Please do not consider other fake accounts.”
Emenike has netted four times in 22 appearances for Fener this season and was booed when he missed a first-half chance against Besiktas.
He was eventually substituted in place of Pierre Webo at half-time, and Fenerbahce netted a 91st-minute winner.