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West Ham striker Emenike: Turkish prison stint was a ‘crazy nightmare’

West Ham United's Emmanuel Emenike has revealed the nightmare he experienced in a Turkish prison in 2011.

The Nigerian striker, who is on loan from Fenerbahce, spent four nights in jail after being accused of match-fixing when playing for Karabukspor almost five years ago.

It is believed that Emenike agreed to miss a match against Fenerbahce in exchange for a £9million transfer to the Istanbul giants, which brought about a stay in prison, despite Karabukspor producing a doctor's certificate to prove he was unfit to play.

Emenike told The Sun: "My time in prison was a crazy nightmare that I couldn't wake up from.

"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."

He added: "When I was finally cleared I thanked God for letting justice prevail."

Emenike eventually joined Fenerbahce in May 2011 but was sold to Russian club Spartak Moscow less than two months later before returning to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium two years later.

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