Czech international Josef Sural has died following a minibus crash in Turkey, according to a tweet from his club.
Sural, 28, died at the hospital where he and six of his team-mates were taken after a bus carrying them back from a game at Kayserispor crashed on Sunday.
The 28-year-old Alanyaspor forward was traveling in a private minibus with six of his team-mates following Sunday’s 1-1 Turkish Super Lig draw at Kayserispor.
According to a report by Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu, the bus overturned five kilometers from the southern coastal town of Alanya.
According to Alanyaspor’s chairman Hasan Çavuşoğlu, quoting police sources, the bus crash was caused as a result of the two bus drivers falling asleep during the return trip.
“According to the information I received from our police chief, despite there being two drivers on the vehicle, they were both asleep,” Çavuşoğlu said, according to Anadolu.
“The crash happened as a result of them both being asleep.” Šural, who earned 20 caps for the Czech Republic, was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery, but could not be saved by doctors and died as a result of several injuries.
Cavusoglu said the six other players on board were not in a critical condition.
Sural joined Alanyaspor from Sparta Prague in January.
He made 20 appearances for his country, last featuring in their Nations League defeat by Ukraine in October.
The Football Association of the Czech Republic said news of Sural’s death brought “great sorrow”, adding: “We will never forget you.”