Czech Republic striker Josef Sural killed in team bus crash

Josef Sural, died 28 in a car accident

Czech Republic international Josef Sural was killed after a minibus carrying players from Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor crashed while returning from an away match.

The forward and six of his team-mates from the Turkish top-flight club were traveling in a private minibus following Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Kayserispor when the accident occurred.

The Football Association of the Czech Republic confirmed that Sural, who earned the last of his 20 caps for his country in the Nations League defeat to Ukraine in October last year, had died.

The governing body said on Twitter: “The Football Association of the Czech Republic has accepted with great grief the news that the representative striker Josef Sural died tragically in Turkey. We’ll never forget you, Pepo!”

No other fatalities have been announced by Aytemiz.

Former Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, capped once by England, and ex-Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse represent Alanyaspor, though it is unknown if they were among the passengers.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, a former Czech Republic international, was among the first to offer his condolences.

He tweeted: “Sad news from this morning. Sincere condolences to the family and to all the loved ones. R.i.p.”


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