Nigeria's Emenike freed in Turkey

Nigerian footballer Emmanuel Emenike disembarks from a police vehicle in Turkey
Emenike was released after being questioned by police

Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike has been freed by a Turkish court, after being arrested as part of investigations into match-fixing allegations.

According to the official Turkish press agency, Anadolu Ajansi, the court said there was no evidence against him.

The agency added that the case against him cannot be dropped yet as he is part of the larger ongoing investigation.

Emenike's lawyer has told the player that he cannot comment on the case while it continues.

"I cannot make any categorical statement with regards an ongoing investigation, I'll appreciate it if everyone respects that," Emenike told BBC Sport.

"It's been tough the last couple of days both mentally and physically,'' the Nigeria star said.

"I want to rest then return to football with my team-mates as soon as possible."

Turkish police say so far they have uncovered evidence that bribes and intimidation were used to fix 19 games.

As well as Emenike, several other people have been released, but around 50 remain in custody.

The highest profile suspect is Aziz Yildirim, president of the current national league champions, Fenerbahce.

On Thursday he was taken to a police station after he left hospital, where he had been seeking help for heart problems.

But he remains a suspect and is scheduled to be questioned by prosecutors on Thursday.

Fenerbahce insists the club has done nothing wrong.

Other prominent clubs whose former chairmen are under investigation are Diyarbakirspor and Giresunspor.

Several footballers were also arrested, including at least two Turkish internationals.

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