Barcelona loanee Arda Turan sentenced to 32-month jail term

Arda Turan, on loan at İstanbul Başakşehir from Barcelona, has been jailed for two years and eight months in his native Turkey.

However, due to saying that he will not appeal the sentence – he will not be put behind bars unless he commits another crime within the next five years – as reported by Marca.

The former Turkey international was recently involved in an altercation which left pop star Berkay Sahin with a broken nose at an Istanbul nightclub, with the player later allegedly brandishing a gun.

He subsequently faced a number of charges including sexual harassment, inflicting intentional injuries and shooting a firearm in a way to cause panic, along with carrying weapons without a license.

“I have full confidence in justice and that Arda Turan will serve his sentence,” Berkay's lawyer said in a statement in Daily Sabah back in October last year.

Berkay’s wife Ozlem Ada Sahin told media outlet Haberturk that Arda had made suggestive comments to her before later attacking her husband.

Arda, a 32-year-old midfielder who previously played for Atletico Madrid, reportedly then took a gun to hospital and told Berkay he was unaware the woman was his wife and asked the singer to kill him.

In October last year, Istanbul Basaksehir fined the player €370k due to ‘behaviour and attitude not compatible with the club's ethics’ but retained the player’s contract.

Arda was banned for 16 matches in May 2018 after punching a linesman.

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