Czech International Striker Josef Sural Dies In Team Bus Crash, Aged 28
Josef Sural has sadly passed away after a bus carrying several of Aytemiz Alanyaspor's players crashed.
The Czech international striker, 28, died at the hospital where he was taken after a bus carrying them back from a game at Kayserispor crashed.
"We have learned with deep sorrow that Josef Sural lost his life as a result of an accident carrying seven football players from Alanyaspor," the club posted on Twitter.
Kayseri deplasmanı dönüşü 7 futbolcumuzu taşıyan özel minibüsün yaptığı kazada ağır yaralanan Çek futbolcumuz Josef Sural Alanya Özel Anadolu Hastanesi'nde yapılan tüm müdahalelere rağmen kurtarılamadı. Başımız sağolsun. pic.twitter.com/DpHjP4xhnE
- Aytemiz Alanyaspor (@Alanyaspor) April 29, 2019
Besiktas and Galatasaray also posted a message in tribute to Sural.
According to Alanyaspor's chairman Hasan Çavuşoğlu, the bus had two drivers and both fell asleep.
"According to information I received from our police chief, despite there being two drivers on the vehicle, they were both asleep," Çavuşoğlu said.
"The crash happened as a result of them both being asleep."
The two drivers have been detained by police and an investigation into the incident has been launched.
Ex-Spurs defender Steven Caulker and former Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse were also on board the bus which crashed.
Caulker is "safe, but badly shaken up" following the tragic ordeal in the early hours of Monday morning, per Mirror.
Sural only joined Alanyaspor from Sparta Prague in January. He earned 20 international caps, scoring once for his country.
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Recently, the guys from the charitable foundation @sport_hradec_cup , asked me to give them my jersey.:shirt: Of course I was happy to support this event. I ended up giving them not only my Alanyaspor jersey but also a Sparta's one. Both of these and several more can be bought via an online auction system https://aukce.sporthradec.cz.:computer: At the end of June, the raised money will be handed directly to the handicapped children. You can read more information about the whole project at www.sporthradec.cz. Thanks for your help or sharing.:thumbsup: #alanyaspor #90 #jersey #spartapraha #sporthradeccup
Rest in peace, Sural.