Czech professional footballer, Josef Sural, has died in a ghastly accident after a minibus carrying seven members of the Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor’s squad crashed on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was initially treated at the scene, with teammates having attempted to revive him before paramedics arrived.
Former England defender Steven Caulker and former Newcastle forward Papiss Cissé were reportedly also on the bus but survived.
Sural died at a hospital where he and six of his teammates had been taken after the private bus, hired by the players after the 1-1 draw at Kayserispor, veered off the road and down a bank.
The club’s chairman, Hasan Cavusoglu, has claimed the driver of the minibus had fallen asleep at the wheel, with a second on-board driver also reportedly resting when the accident occurred, the Guardian reports.
The players involved are understood to have decided to travel back to Alanya by road after being informed the squad’s flight from Kayseri would be delayed by up to eight hours, prompting some of their teammates to opt to stay overnight.
The 350-mile journey by minibus should take around seven hours. The bus was apparently around three miles from Alanya when it came off the road. It is believed the sliding side door opened, with Sural thrown from the vehicle.
He is survived by his wife and two young daughters, one born only in February.
“Josef Sural was gravely injured when a private minibus carrying seven of our players was involved in an accident coming back from the away game in Kayseri,” the club said in a statement.
“Despite the best efforts of those at the Alanya Anadolu private hospital, Sural couldn’t be saved. May he rest in peace.”
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