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Ex-Fenerbahce and Besiktas Player Connected To Fatal Shooting In Turkey

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Ex-Fenerbahce and Besiktas Player Connected To Fatal Shooting In Turkey

Former Fenerbahce and Besiktas player Sezer Ozturk has been connected to a fatal shooting that left one person dead and four others injured.

According to Turkish sports broadcaster NTV Spor the incident occurred on Monday the 19th of September after the 35-year-old got into a fight in an apparent case of road rage.

Witnesses allege that Ozturk, who was born in the German town of Velbert, then proceeded to open fire on a group of people near Istanbul's district of Sile.

Unverified video footage of the original altercation has also surfaced, although Ozturk cannot definitively be identified from that alone.

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Local media also reports that the former Bayer Leverkusen academy graduate has been on the run from the police, who are still attempting to track him down.

Ozturk enjoyed a somewhat nomadic career in football after playing just a handful of games for Bayer.

Following a brief stint at FC Nurnberg, the midfielder moved to Turkish side Manisaspor, where he would go on to make 76 appearances, scoring 15 times over a three-year period.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA
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Stints at Besiktas and Fenerbahce would follow, although Ozturk never managed to establish himself as a regular starter for either of the Turkish giants.

Now aged 35, the former Turkish Under-20 international has been without a club since 2015, having been released by Besiktas.

Prior to the release, Ozturk was sent out on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir, only to be dropped from the squad for gaining too much weight.

In spite of such struggles, the player has never officially retired from professional football.

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Information regarding Monday night's incident continues to be limited, but Turkish police have identified the victim of the shooting as 24-year-old Halil İbrahim Genc.

More details are expected to emerge over the coming days, but for the time being, the authorities are appealing to anybody who may know Ozturk's current whereabouts.

Topics: fenerbahce, Bayer Leverkusen, Turkey, Besiktas

Tom Fenton
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