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Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral commits suicide

Frantisek Rajtoral
Rajtoral won the domestic league title four times with Viktoria Plzen.

Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral has committed suicide, the Czech football federation has said. He was 31.

Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday.

The Czech football federation said in a statement that he had "committed suicide in Turkey."

His agent Pavel Zika confirmed his death, describing it as a "huge tragedy."

Gaziantepspor announced Rajtoral's death in a brief statement on their website.

The defender...

 By Eren Sarigul

Basaksehir apologise after postmatch brawl with Turkish journalists

Istanbul Basaksehir
Basaksehir have impressed in the Turkish league this season.

Istanbul Basaksehir president Goksel Gumusdag has apologised after an altercation between some of the club's players and a reporter ended up in a brawl.

Several Basaksehir players were caught on camera fighting with A Spor journalist Selman Kutlu and cameraman Ahmet Caglar Yildirim on Saturday following Basaksehir's 3-3 draw with Rizesepor in the Turkish Super League.

The incident was seemingly sparked by a Rizespor fan who insulted former Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu near the team bus after...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Emmanuel Adebayor credits Arsenal greats for hat trick against Galatasaray

After a shock defeat to Palace, Craig Burley lambastes Arsenal's ownership for having let Arsene Wenger remain in power.
Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates during Istanbul Basaksehir's 4-0 win over Galatasaray.

Emmanuel Adebayor credited his former Arsenal and Real Madrid teammates after his hat trick helped Istanbul Basaksehir to a 4-0 win over city rivals Galatasaray.

Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Madrid and Tottenham striker Adebayor, 33, slotted into an empty net for the opener on 11 minutes and headed home his second just before the break.

He completed the hat trick with a header just before the hour mark after good work from Junior Caicara down the flank.

Mustafa Pektemek, who replaced Adebayor,...

Deniz Naki given 18-month suspended sentence for 'terrorist propaganda'

Deniz Naki currently plays for Amed SK in the Turkish second division.

Former Germany under-21 international Deniz Naki has been given a suspended 18-month prison sentence in Diyarbakir, Turkey, for promoting "terrorist propaganda."

Naki, 27, was found of guilty on Wednesday and sentenced to serve 18 months and 22 days in jail, with the prison term suspended for five years.

The attacking midfielder, who played in the Bundesliga for St. Pauli, had been acquitted by the same court in Diyarbakir in November, but the prosecution appealed against the verdict.

The Germany-born...

 By Eren Sarigul

Arsenal keeping an eye on Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup

The FC crew criticise Arsene Wenger's inability to move past Arsenal's Champions League exit against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal have been scouting Besiktas midfielder and former Gunner Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Ozyakup, 24, was among the players Arsenal kept tabs on at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece during Besiktas' 1-1 Europa League round-of-16 first-leg draw against Olympiakos last week.

The Turkey international, who came through the youth ranks at Arsenal, was brought on at half-time in place of Tolgay Arslan and his introduction coincided with a marked improvement from Besiktas.

Besiktas equalised in the second half...