Arda Turan Receives 16 Match Suspension For Attacking Referee During Basaksehir Clash

Turkey`s Arda Turan in action during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying football match Turkey vs Kazakhstan on November 16, 2014 at TT Arena stadium in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Arda Turan has received a 16-match suspension for attacking a linesman during the 1-1 draw between Basaksehir and Sivasspor.

The Professional Football Discipline Committee (PFDK) handed Turan a record ban for the incident.

The PFDK released the following statement regarding the decision: “Medipol Basaksehir football club player Arda Turan has been suspended for 10 matches for attacking the referee and fined a further 13,000 TL.

“He received an additional three match ban for his actions towards the referee after being sent off and fined a further 13,000 TL.

“He was handed a further three-game ban for threatening the referee after being sent off and fined an extra 13,000 TL.

“Combined, he has been suspended for 16 games and fined 39,000 TL.”

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The former Turkey international had a complete meltdown in additional time following a late equalizer from Robinho.

The experienced attacking midfielder charged over to the linesman before grabbing him and hurling abuse.

The 30-year-old was shown a direct red card.

The last incident involving a player attacking a referee resulted in an 11 game ban for Engin Baytar.

The former Galatasaray midfielder attacked referee Cuneyt Cakir during an Intercontinental Derby clash against Fenerbahce.

Turan is currently on a two-season loan at Basaksehir from Barcelona.

The experienced midfielder joined the Istanbul based minnows in January, scoring twice and providing a single assist in 11 appearances.

Basaksehir are currently just three points behind league leaders Galatasaray, with two games remaining.