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Czech soccer star Josef Sural dies in the crash of Turkey



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By Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey ̵

1; Czech Republic, Internationally assassinated Josef Sural and six other Alanyaspor players were injured on Monday when their van was heading home from one Turkish football match was involved in an accident.

The 28-year-old Sural died during an emergency operation in the hospital, Alanyaspor President Hasan Cavusoglu told NTV television by telephone.

Josef Sural. David Tanecek / AP file

The six other players were reportedly in stable condition.

Cavusoglu said Sural and his six teammates had hired a private luxury van return from a game at Kayserispor in central Turkey. The crash occurred near the city of Alanya on the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

Cavusoglu said the driver of the van was questioned by the police.

"Our pain is enormous," said Cavusoglu.

The State Anadolu Agency said the van came off the road and toppled over. The injured players were identified as Wanderson Baiano, Steven Caulker, Isaac Sackey, Papiss Demba Cisse, Welinton Souza and Djalma Campos.

Sural, a striker who made his debut in the Czech Republic in 2013, joined Alanyaspor in January.


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