Former Barcelona midfielder, Arda Turan has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for carrying a weapon without a license, which he then fired whilst inside a hospital, ABC News can report.
The Turkish international, who currently plays for Istanbul Basaksehir, will however, not be imprisoned immediately after the sentence as an appeal he has filed will see the sentence suspended for five years.
This story can be traced back to October 2018 when Turan got into an altercation with popular singer, Berkan Sahin, who had accused the player of harassing his wife.
Turan was acquitted of the aforementioned harassment charge, but was sentenced for causing bodily harm, assault, illegal possession of weapons and firing weapon in the hospital where Sahin had been sent after the incident.
During the trial, the former Athletico Madrid midfielder claimed that the firing of the gun was accidental.
In a statement on his Instagram account after his court appearance, Turan apologised to his club and family.
“I learned lessons from these events,” he wrote.
“The headline of this event is that I’m acquitted of the charges of harassment; not the penalties I received for errors I made due to these slanders thrown at me.”
Turan joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($37.45m) in 2015, winning four trophies, making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals for the Catalan club.
He has played for Turkey 100 times and scored 17 goals for his country.