Josef Sural, a Czech Republic football star, has did.
According to reports, the footballer died after a minibus carrying him and his Aytemiz Alanyaspor teammates got into an accident on their way back from a match on Sunday.
Sural, 28, died at the hospital where he and his teammates were rushed to after the car crash.
Daily Mail reports that 7 Alanyaspor players to include former England international Steven Caulker and ex-Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse had decided on renting a VIP minibus to convey them back home after the club’s 1-1 draw against Kayserispor on Sunday.
However, the bus crashed three miles from the southern coastal town of Alanya.
4 others involved in the accident includes; Djalma Campos, Baiano, Welinton and Isaac Sackey. Sackey reportedly suffered a broken arm.
Club Chairman Hasan Cavusoglu speaking on the accident said the driver fell asleep behind the wheels.
‘According to the 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,’ Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying.
Alanyaspor head coach Sergen Yalcin also spoke about the accident saying;
‘Everything is empty, life is empty. We’re hurt,’ he said. ‘He was the team’s most industrious footballer, a very disciplined and exemplary person.’
Sural’s team-mate Haydar Yilmaz who spoke with newsmen said: ‘It’s like a joke, I still can’t believe it.
‘I wish there was something we could do. I don’t know what to do. The situation of our wounded friends is good, but they are psychologically very bad.’
Sural is survived by his wife and two daughters. His second child was born on February 7.
The Czech Republic Football Association have released a statement on Monday morning which read thus;
‘I want to express my sincere and deep condolences to the family and my friends. Pepa was a humble man who will all be missed by us. We will never forget,’ chairman Martin Malik said.
The National team head coach Jaroslav Silhavy in his words: ‘I knew Pepa from his time in Liberec. He was a modest and honest boy, with only the nicest memories left.
‘The message hit me deeply. It is a loss not only for Czech football, but especially for all those close to him – it is for those who I want to express my sincere condolences to the family.’
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