Arda Turan Is Facing Jail Time
Barcelona are one of the biggest sporting brands in the world. But the soccer giants are no stranger to a little probing by law authorities, with superstars Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez all having to fight tax cases in the past five years.
However, this time the pressure is on another one of their superstars and the odds don’t look good for him. Turkish player Arda Turan could be jailed for 12 years following charges being drawn up by an Istanbul court after an alleged fight outside a nightclub.
The player is currently on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir and was quizzed by the authorities on Thursday after an altercation outside a nightclub. It is believed that Turan attacked famous Turkish singer, Berkay following a dispute involving the singers wife, Ozlem Ada Sahin. She had suggested to a local newspaper that the soccer star had made ‘suggestive’ remarks before going on to attack her husband.
Turan has allegedly broke Sahin’s nose during the attack and then followed him to hospital, where gun fire was heard. It has been reported by the Daily Sabah that the soccer player followed the musician to the hospital to beg for forgiveness and then even asked Sahin to shoot him if he believed that the harassment allegations were true. Very strange story and a certain fall from grace.
Turan was quick to deny this allegations, he posted a very emotional Instagram post, he said: “There was an argument on my day off at the place that I went with my friends, but the reason is not about honor and purity as reported. It is not possible to be that way.”
However, the Turkish authorities obviously think there is a little bit more to it than that with prosecutors charging Turan with sexual harassment, possession of unlicensed weapons, endangering general security and deliberate wounding. Sahin has also been charged for his involvement in the brawl.
Turan’s career had been a massive success with over 100 caps for Turkey and trophies in Spain with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. However, his career seems to be spiraling, he was handed a 16-match ban last season for pushing an official and with the impending charges, it looks like his soccer days could be over.
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