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Turan retires from international duty amid allegations over airplane bust-up

Date Posted,June 6, 2017

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has retired from international duty.

Turan was at the centre of allegations of a bust-up with a journalist during Turkey’s flight back from Monday night’s friendly against Macedonia.

Turan, 30, played in the 0-0 draw in Skopje and was reportedly involved in a heated confrontation with a reporter from the Milliyet newspaper.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turan approached a journalist sitting nearby on the plane before verbally attacking him over stories reported in the Turkish media during Euro 2016.

And now he has announced his retirement from international football.

Turan in action against Macedonia (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

There were suggestions of squad disharmony, coming from tensions between the squad – supposedly led by Turan and coach Fatih Terim – and the Turkish Federation over the level of bonuses paid to players.

Turan reportedly yelled at 70-year-old Bilal Mese: “Tell me Bilal Meşe, were you there? Were you with us when you wrote about the bonuses issue? Who did I ask for money from? Who did ask I for bonuses from? Talk. Come on. Who made you write those reports?”

Turan has been much criticised during recent times (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“What kind of a country is this? They allow you onto this plane. F*** those who allowed you onto this plane. You thought I was like the others. Who did I beg for money from? You son of a b****. I’d quit football before allowing anyone to say anything against my honor, my family,” he added.

It is claimed that Turan had to be restrained and that his international future is now in the balance.

The 30-year-old later took to Instagram to state that he could not forgive what he considers to be “slander” against him and his family.

However, he did not confirm what happened on the flight.

The Barcelona midfielder has been heavily criticised in Turkey (Photo: Octavio Passos)
Arda Turan has made 97 appearances in 11 years with Turkey (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

“This is not about defending myself, it is only to inform people,” he began, writing in Turkish alongside a picture of him playing football as a youngster. “You are going to see the news after you wake up in the morning.

“Criticisms, critics, articles… They are going to support each other. I TOLD YOU! After fans whistled me, I said in my first interview that I will never forget it. After months, I saw one of them on the plane yesterday. Who are they? They are people who wrote lies, slander and ignore people’s dignity and family values when we are playing for our own country. And they call this journalism.

“Do not worry. They are only three or five people. Of course, they have become accustomed to doing these things. Why? Because this is the system. They feed children and young people with chaos.

“You can’t talk about people’s character and family values. Someone will remember this. I thanked some journalists who criticise my football. This is their job. But you can’t attack my family and my values, I will not allow this for as long as I can.

“Was it true what I did yesterday? I don’t know! I am not a man who visits someone at home and after that sells him out, does something behind his back. I like to be a man who shouts and attacks to your face.

“Maybe it is not right but it is honest, honourable behaviour. Did I get any answer? No! He wrote about it for months but didn’t say any words to my face. They will talk tomorrow behind me.

“The child who you see in this photo paid for what he did in his life. He didn’t want anything from anyone other than God. Arda Turan didn’t start this road to be a star player or good player. He started this road to be an honourable man and protect his family.

“Whoever talks about my honour or my family gets my answer.”

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