Arda Turban, international footballer from Turkey, has been sentenced for two years, 18 months and 15 days of imprisonment on September 10 over his high profile fight with pop singer Berkay Şahin last year. Turban has been sentenced on charges of firing a gun to cause fear and panic, illegal possession of weapons, intentional injury and sexual harassment for injuring the pop singer's wife. However, the court decided to defer its verdict since Turan has not been convicted of any crimes. If within five years, Turan gets convicted of another crime, he will serve his current sentence.
Turan reportedly attacked Sahin outside a nightclub in Istanbul's Sarıyer district the previous year. The fight got ugly when Turan broke Sahin's nose and in the brawl, attacked the pop singer's wife. Sahin and his wife were only 7 months married at the time of the attack. However, Turan had dismissed all the accusations and said that it was a personal misunderstanding. Later, the incident took a dramatic turn when Turan went to the hospital where Sahin was being treated with a gun clutched in his hands, begging to be shot and be forgiven.
Earlier, prosecutors demanded Turan be sentenced for 12.5 years. He was also slapped with a TL 2.5 million fine over the incident by his club Medipol Başakşehir. Reports said that he joined the club on loan from Spanish giants Barcelona in January 2018.
Turan, in a written statement, mentioned that he was driven to make even more mistakes after being acquitted of harassment charges and "slanders". His imprisonment might jeopardize his football career in Turkey as Article 62 of the disciplinary rules of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) foresees a permanent ban on players who are sentenced to prison for two years or more.
This is not the first case for Turan as the 32-year-old footballer had faced a $9,200 fine and 16-match ban after attacking an assistant referee during a Turkish Super League match against Sivasspor on May 8. Similarly back in 2017, he was forced to take a break from his career over verbally and physically assaulting a Turkish sports journalist on a plane with the national team from Macedonia's Skopje to Italy's Trieste onboard. Turan and his brother Okan had to pay compensation to locals whose buildings were damaged when the retaining wall of a hotel construction site in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district collapsed after rainfall on July 24, 2018.