Barcelona's Arda Turan Receives Suspended Sentence for Firing Gun

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

Arda Turan of Istanbul Medipol Basaksehir FK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Medipol Basaksehir FK and Kayserispor on April 21, 2018 at the Fatih Terim stadium in Istanbul, Turkey(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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On-loan Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has been given a suspended prison sentence of two years and eight months after discharging a gun at a hospital after getting into a fight at a nightclub.

Per Sky Sports, Turan was convicted of causing "fear and panic, illegal possession of weapons and intentional injury."

The midfielder, who is on a two-and-a-half-year loan with Istanbul Basaksehir, fired a gun into the ground at  a hospital after leaving Turkish singer Berkay Sahin with a broken nose in a nightclub fight last year.

The 32-year-old, who was hit with a 2.5 million Turkish lira (£350,648) fine by the club over the incident, will serve his sentence if he commits a crime within the next five years.

Turan joined Barcelona in the summer of 2015 from Atletico Madrid, but he was unable to play for the Catalan giants until the following January because they were banned from registering players.

The Turkey international, who has 100 caps for his national side, struggled at the Camp Nou and was loaned to Basaksehir in January 2018, having failed to make a single appearance for Barca in the first half of the season.

In May 2018, he was hit with a 16-match ban for pushing and insulting an assistant referee, which was later reduced to 10 games on appeal.

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It is not the first run-in he has had with officials. In 2015, shortly before joining Barca, he threw a boot at a referee in a Copa del Rey quarter-final against the Blaugrana.

Turan also briefly retired from international duty in 2017 after attacking 70-year-old journalist Bilal Mese on the national team's plane.

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