Friday, January 08, 2010

Recep denies match-fixing claims

Just saw this link to an NTVspor clip in which former Gencler keeper Recep Ozturk denies allegations (which we reported here) that he accepted 30,000 euros to throw a match last season against Istanbul BBS. You can check out the video here.

The video is obviously in Turkish but basically an angry Recep, speaking to NTV in Antalya where his current club Konyaspor are in training, strongly denied any of the claims.

"These unsubstantiated claims have made us all sad," Recep said adding that he had spoken to lawyers in Ankara and is ready to open a court case against Milliyet newspaper.

"I was very surprised. I had to read it four times. I couldn't understand it," Recep said. The former Gencler keeper also called on the TFF to get its hands on all the documents from the Bochum prosecutors and publish them all.

The thing is, that is exactly what Milliyet have been doing, publishing translated documents somehow or other obtained from the prosecutors in Bochum. In Milliyet's three-day expose, a total 19 games, many 2nd and 3rd division stuff, are alleged to have been rigged, including a Ankaraspor-Bursaspor match.

This will no doubt rumble on.

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