Arda Turan might be headed to a decade-long stay in Turkish prison after being accused of illegal possession of a firearm, discharging it in a hospital breaking singer and Berkay Sahin’s nose.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who is loan from Barcelona at Istanbul Başakşehir, allegedly attacked Turkish singer Berkay Sahin following a failed attempt to pick up Sahin’s wife, Ozlem Ada, on October 10.
Sahin alleges that Turan walked up to his wife and said “you’re very pretty, if you weren’t married I wouldn’t let you get away.” When Sahin interjected, Turan allegedly started a scuffle, and the ensuing altercation left the singer with a broken nose.
Turan allegedly then went to the hospital where Sahin was recovering to apologize by offering him a gun asking the singer to shoot him in retaliation, an offer Sahin turned leading the Turkish intentional to allegedly take the gun back and fired it off at the floor in the hospital room.
The four charges could add up to a 12-year sentence for Turan, who was fined €370,000 by his club for “behaviour and attitude not compatible with the club’s ethics.” Sahin is also facing between three months and two years in prison himself for insulting Turan during the kerfuffle.
A court trial involving on-loan Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan got underway in Istanbul on Wednesday with the Turkey international facing up to 12 years in jail if found guilty of four charges of sexual harassment, grievous bodily harm, illegal possession of a firearm and discharging the weapon into the floor of a hospital ward.
Turan will appear in court again when his trial begins in earnest on June 19, which is, coincidentally, after the current Turkish Süper Lig season ends.