On-Loan Barca Star Handed 16-Game Ban
On-Loan FC Barcelona Star Handed 16-Game Ban
An on-loan FC Barcelona star has been handed a 16-game ban after shoving a linesman and allegedly screaming "You all need to be killed!" during a Turkish top flight game.
Former Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan, who is now on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir, reacted angrily towards match officials in his side's 1-1 draw with Sivasspor last week Friday.
After the game, referee Yasar Kemal Ugurlu wrote in his match report that the 31-year-old forward shouted, "Do you have no shame! You all need to be killed!" at him.
Turkey's Professional Football Discipline Committee (PFDK) has now thrown the book at Turan's behaviour, and the Barca star's punishment is one of the harshest in the league's history.
"Medipol Basaksehir football club player Arda Turan has been suspended for 10 matches for attacking the referee and fined a further 13 000 Turkish lira (about R37 500)," a statement from the PFDK read.
"He received an additional three-match ban for his actions towards the referee after being sent off and fined a further 13 000 TL.
"He was handed a further three-match ban for threatening the referee after being sent off and fined an extra 13 000 TL.
"Combined, he has been suspended for 16 games and fined 39 000 TL (about R112 000)."
Turan, who joined the Turkish club on loan in January, has made 11 appearances for the Istanbul side so far, scoring two goals and assisting one further strike.
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