Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has received a four month suspension by FIFA, which means that Turkey international will be unavailable for the rest of the Bundesliga season.
This comes during his time at Karlsruher SC when, as a minor, he had an agreement with Trabzonspor. Calhanoglu then extended his deal at the 2. Bundesliga club when he had an agreement in place with the Turkish side, resulting in a breach of contract.
The 22-year-old must pay €100,000 in compensation to Trabzonspor, confirm the Court of Arbitration.
“It’s a heavy blow for Hakan, but also for us,” Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler said in a statement. “Although Bayer Leverkusen had nothing to do with the events in 2011, we are now being heavily punished. Now we’re missing a very important player during a decisive part of the season.
“We obviously regret this decision, which we cannot follow in any way.”
More details to follow in this developing story.