Czech international striker Josef Sural has died when a bus carrying several of Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor’s players crashed.
The 28-year-old passed on at the hospital where he and six of his other team-mates were taken following the accident on their way back from a game at Kayserispor on Sunday.
According to BBC Sport, “ex-Cardiff and QPR defender Steven Caulker was on the bus” but managed to escaped the incident physically unharmed “but emotionally distraught”.
Chairman Hasan Cavusoglu claimed the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel while a second on-board driver was also asleep at the time when the bus crushed “around three miles from the club’s home city of Alanya”.
“We have learned with deep sorrow that Josef Sural lost his life as a result of an accident carrying seven football players from Alanyaspor,” the club noted in a Twitter post.
It’s reported that seven players had rented the private minibus while all the other players and staff travelled were on the team bus. Meanwhile, it’s not known whether ex-Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse was on board of the Super Lig’s club’s bus.
“Sural joined Alanyaspor from Sparta Prague in January. He made 20 appearances for his country, last featuring in their Nations League defeat by Ukraine in October.”Top of Form