Czech Republic football player Josef Sural has died after the minibus that he was in along with a number of Alanyaspor players crashed on its way back from a match, aged 28. Sural, a striker for Turkish top flight club Alanyaspor and the Czech national team, died at the hospital where he and six of
Sural, a striker for Turkish top flight club Alanyaspor and the Czech national team, died at the hospital where he and six of his teammates were taken after the crash, the club said on Twitter on Monday morning.
Seven Alanyaspor players had rented a VIP minibus to return from the club’s 1-1 draw against Kayserispor on Sunday, when their vehicle crashed around three miles from the southern coastal town of Alanya, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said.
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The rest of the club’s players and staff had returned with the team bus or on their own, Anadolu said, adding that the driver of the VIP bus had been detained following the accident and an investigation had been launched.
Club Chairman Hasan Cavusoglu was quoted as saying the driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel of the minibus. A second driver was asleep at the time.
“According to information I received from our police chief, despite there being two drivers on the vehicle, they were both asleep. The crash happened as a result of them both being asleep,” Anadolu quoted Cavusoglu as saying.
He said the other six players injured in the crash were not in critical condition.