A striker for a Turkish soccer club died Monday from injuries he sustained during a bus crash after an away match, team officials announced.
Josef Sural, a 28-year-old Czech Republic native, died at a hospital after he and six Aytemiz Alanyaspor teammates who were traveling in a private minibus were seriously injured during a crash on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, the team announced on Twitter.
The six other injured players were identified by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency as Steven Caulker, Djalma Campos, Wanderson Baiano, Paiss Demba Cisse, Welinton Souza and Isaac Sackey. They were reportedly listed in stable condition.
The crash occurred following a 1-1 draw after the team’s away game in central Turkey against Kayserispor. The team’s chairman, Hasan Cavusoglu, said the crash occurred after the driver on the bus fell asleep about 3 miles outside the team’s home city of Alanya. There was reportedly a second driver on board, but he also fell asleep. The driver of the bus was detained and an investigation has been launched, according to Anadolu.
The rest of the team traveled on a team bus or made their own accommodations, BBC News reports.
Sural, who joined the team in January, is survived by a wife and two children, Anadolu reports. He debuted for the Czech Republic national team in 2013.
“The Football Association of the Czech Republic has accepted with great grief the news that the representative striker Josef Šural died tragically in Turkey,” team officials tweeted on Monday. “We’ll never forget you, Pepo!”
The Turkish Football Federation announced with “deep sorrow” that a moment of silence will be held before the start of every league match until May 9 to honor Sural.
“We would like to express out condolences to his family, and to his Fans with Aytemiz Alanayaspor,” TFF officials tweeted.
With Post wires