Thursday 29 September 2016

Video: Unconvincing dive forces Turkish club to deny allowing Galatasaray to win crucial game

Published 19/05/2015 | 13:34

Genclerbirligi goalkeeper Ferhat Kaplan fails to stop Wesley Sneijder's winner - and Demba Ba wasn't happy.
Genclerbirligi goalkeeper Ferhat Kaplan fails to stop Wesley Sneijder's winner - and Demba Ba wasn't happy.

While the Premier League winds down to its conclusion - with only Cesc Fabregas kicking a ball at Chris Brunt's head for amusement - the Turkish title race is still far from decided, and things are getting rather tense.

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On a weekend where challengers Besiktas lost 1-0 and Fenerbahce needed a 90th-minute winner from former Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu to keep their hopes alive, Galatasaray eased past mid-table Genclerbirligi with a goal from Wesley Sneijder.

However, Genclerbirligi goalkeeper Ferhat Kaplan's not-quite-so-despairing dive for Sneijder's winner has raised a few eyebrows...

..as did his defence's earlier maverick attempt at an offside trap:

Genclerbirligi chairman Ilhan Cavcav - who, earlier this season, called for a nationwide ban on footballers with beards - had already claimed he wanted Galatasaray to be champions, which he insisted to Haberturk TV was nothing sinister:

"My uncle played for Galatasaray. I did my military service in Istanbul and I always go to Galatasaray's matches. Is it a crime?."

With two games to go in the Süper Lig, Galatasaray have a three-point lead, although Fenerbahce's superior goal difference could come into play.

Besiktas striker Demba Ba wasn't happy with the weekend's events.

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