Arda Turan has announced his retirement from international football after an alleged heated confrontation with a journalist.
The Barcelona player was travelling with the Turkey team on the flight back from their clash with Macedonia when he clashed with reporter Bilal Mese grabbing him by the throat and shouting at him.
According to rumors, the clash was related to reports which claimed there was a dispute between senior Turkey players and the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) relating to bonuses after Euro 2016, as they were said to be owed for reaching the finals.
Earlier today, he posted this on instagram:
“Bad things happened last night. But am I regretful? No. Now I feel at ease, I talked with our coach and president of the federation and said that I want to leave national team. I said that I don’t want to play against Kosovo.
“I’ll always give the same response to those who put out such false news. I’ve never forgotten what it did to us. I speak as a man who serves the national team in all categories, loves his country and jersey. My national team career is over.”
Turan has featured 97 times for the Turkish national team.
Written by Chineze Ogugua