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29th Apr 2019

Czech international striker Josef Sural dies in team bus crash aged 28

James Dawson

The Alanyaspor bus had been travelling back from a game

Josef Sural has died in a team bus crash in Turkey that has left six of his teammates injured, including former England international Steven Caulker and ex-Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse.

The coach had travelling back from an away game played by Alanyaspor against Kayserispor in Turkey’s top tier.

Sural, 28, was rushed to hospital following the crash but died from his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

The six other players injured in the incident – Steven Caulker, Papiss Cisse, Djalma Campos, Baiano, Welinton and Isaac Sackey – are believed to be in a stable condition.

The club’s chairman Hasan Cavusoglu said in the aftermath of the incident that the driver of the bus had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

He said: “According to information I received from our police chief, despite there being two drivers on the vehicle, they were both asleep.

“The crash happened as a result of them both being asleep.”

A Turkish news agency said that the driver has been detained by police, according to Reuters.