Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Emenike faces ban for walking off pitch

Fenerbahçe forward Emmanuel Emenike faces disciplinary action in the Turkish league following his indecent reaction in the derby against Beşiktaş at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium on Sunday.

The Nigeria international tore off his shirt in anger and ran off the pitch, demanding to be substituted in the first half, after his fans booed him for missing a ‘simple’ chance to put the hosts ahead.

It took the intervention of Fenerbahçe manager Ismail Kartal and his technical staff to stop Emenike from walking down the tunnel. Kartal eventually managed to convince him to put his shirt back on and return to the game.

A former referee in Turkey Ahmet Çakar said Emenike deserved punishment for leaving the pitch and re-entering without permission. He said it was a technical error not to have booked the player, and that the action could mean a replay of the derby.

“These incidents are not even open to interpretation, they are all bookable offences, the first thing they teach amateur referees are the rules of the game,” Turkish Football quoted Çakar as saying on Beyaz Tv.

“This was not a refereeing error, it was a technical error and that could result in the match being replayed.”

The 28-year-old has only scored four league goals for The Yellow Canaries this season, but Kartal revealed he prayed for the Nigerian to score and break his poor run of form in the derby.

“I prayed for Emenike to score and win over the fans again,” Kartal told Lig Tv. “The fans need to be more patient and understanding, he cannot change around his fortunes with everyone getting on his back.”

Fenerbahçe eventually won the game courtesy of a 90th minute goal from Mousa Sow, but not before Kartal had substituted Emenike at the start of the second half.

The manager also gave Emenike a two-day leave to be spent in Nigeria during the international break.

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