Wesley Sneijder has laughed off the idea that Galatasaray’s 1-0 win over Gençlerbirliği was the result of match fixing.
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The Dutchman himself scored the goal to seal the three points but the match was mired by controversy in the aftermath when Gençlerbirliği keeper Ferhat Kaplan was accused of deliberately withdrawing from saving Sneijder’s shot late in the game and allowing the ball into the back of the net. The incident is viewable below:
“All you can do is laugh, it is a joke right? Some people believe in conspiracy theories way too much it is hilarious,” he is reported to have said by Turkish-Football.com.
The goal from Sneijder – which came in his 100th appearance for the Turkish giants – means Galatasaray remain at the top of the Turkish Super League by three points and clear of Fenerbache in second place.
The Besiktas keeper Güney Güvenç, whose side up until the weekend had been involved in the title race, was one of the biggest critics of his Gençlerbirliği colleagues over the incident.
However, ironically, it was a Güvenc error that allowed Konyaspor a surprise win over Besiktas in the last round of game after the keeper palmed the ball into his own net and ultimately knocked them out of the running for the league.