Czech international striker Josef Sural has died after a bus carrying several of Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor’s players crashed.
The 28 years old Sural, died at the hospital where he and six of his team-mates were taken after a bus carrying them back from a game at Kayserispor crashed on Sunday.
Seven of the Super Lig’s club’s players rented the private minibus.
According to Club chairman Hasan Cavusoglu who claimed the driver of the mini bus had fallen asleep at the wheel.
A second on-board driver was also reportedly asleep before the accident occured around three miles from the club’s home city of Alanya.
On the clubs Twitter page, the club posted: We have learned with deep sorrow that Josef Sural lost his life as a result of an accident carrying seven football players from Alanyaspor.
Cavusoglu said the six other players on board were not in a critical condition.
Former Tottenham, Cardiff and QPR defender Steven Caulker and ex-Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse also play for Alanyaspor.
Caulker scored in the 1-1 draw at Kayserispor but it is not yet known whether he and Cisse were among the group of players who chose to use the minibus, while the rest of the club’s players and staff travelled on a team bus.
Sural who 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.
The Football Association of the Czech Republic said news of death brought “alot of sorrow”, adding: “We will never forget you.”