Video: Unconvincing dive forces Turkish club to deny allowing Galatasaray to win crucial game
Published 19/05/2015 | 13:34
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.
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.
Some people in this world must really be ashamed— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) May 16, 2015