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Arda Turan handed 16 game ban following assault on official

Barcelona’s Arda Turan has been banned for 16 games for pushing an assistant referee in Turkey last week.

Turan, currently on loan to Super Lig side Basaksehir, was sent off for approaching the official at the end of the team’s 1-1 draw with Sivasspor last Friday. The 31 year old, who is in the middle of a two and a half season deal at the Istanbul club, was banned for 10 matches for attacking the assistant referee, three matches for insulting him and another three for threatening him. He was also fined 39,000 Turkish lira (£6,811).

The side, who are challenging for their first ever league trophy and sit three points behind leaders Galatasaray in third place with two games remaining, were 1-0 at the time, however they had to play the majority of the clash with ten men following Mossoro’s dismissal in the 38th minute and conceded a late equaliser when a Robinho cross in the 92nd minute was parried into the goal by keeper Volkan Babacan. Turan’s dismissal came after he felt that he was fouled by John Boye right beside the linesman.

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This is the latest in a string of outbursts from the Turkish international, who failed to maintain a starting place in the Barca line up following £24 million from Atletico Madrid in 2015. He allegedly grabbed one journalist by the throat as well as being accused of telling another reporter he would “crush his head and eyes” following his wife being asked a question about their relationship.

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