Former Barcelona player Turan receives record penalty over assault on referees
Current Başakşehir attacking midfielder and former Barcelona FC player Arda Turan was given a record amount of penalties by the Professional Football Disciplinary Board (PFDK) on May 10 over his assault on two referees.
Turan will be banned from 16 games and is required to pay a fine of 39,000 Turkish liras, roughly $9,100.
The Başakşehir player became aggressive after a referee did not call what he deemed a foul in a game against Sivasspor on May 4. Turan pushed the referee, causing him to receive a red card.
Turan then walked up to the midfield referee with his fist up in the air and threatened him.
The public fight ended when his teammates calmed him down and took him to the changing room.
Turan has been back in the Turkish Super League following a more than six-year hiatus after signing a one-and-a-half year contract on Jan. 15 with league leader Başakşehir.