Turan banned for record 16 games over referee attack
Istanbul:Turkish football authorities banned the country’s best known player Arda Turan, on loan at Super Lig contenders Basaksehir from Barcelona, for a record 16 games after he shoved and verbally abused a referee.
Turan — who will now miss the last two rounds of this season and almost half of next season — was banned for 10 matches for attacking the assistant referee, three matches for insulting him and another three matches for threatening him.
“In total he is suspended for 16 matches,” the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said in a statement following a meeting of its disciplinary committee.
Turkish media said the punishment was the lengthiest ever handed to a player in the history of the Turkish game.
He was also fined 39,000 lira ($9,200).
Basaksehir, contenders for the league title this season, had been leading 1-0 to Sivaspor in the May 4 game but conceded a late equaliser in a major blow to their championship hopes.
Seeking to launch a final attack down the wing, Turan felt the assistant referee’s decision had gone against him and marched up to the official, remonstrating in his face and then shoving him firmly back with both hands.
Turan was then given an instant red cad by the match referee and could be seen continuing to rant as he marched off the pitch.