Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan face a 2-year prison sentence for firing a gun in a hospital. Photo/

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has been suspended for two years and eight months prison sentence.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan who was also found guilty of sexual harassment received a suspended 2 years, 8 months and 15 days prison sentence.

Turan is charged for shooting with a gun in a manner that would create fear, anxiety or panic and possession of unlicensed weapons. 

He is not due to spending any time in jail, though, with the sentence suspended as long as he avoids any further legal issues for a period of five years.

Arda Turan, 32-year-old was involved in an incident last year which led to him being charged with three offences but is likely to avoid any actual jail time.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, currently on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir, was involved in a brawl with a Turkish singer called Berkay Sahin on October 10, 2018.

Sahin was left with a broken nose after the altercation.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan
He was involved in a brawl with a Turkish singer called Berkay Sahin

The 32-year-old was involved in a fight with Turkish singer Berkay Sahin in an Istanbul nightclub late last year, leaving the singer with a broken nose.

Turan later arrived at the hospital with a gun which he fired at the ground, causing panic.

He was also charged with sexual harassment against Berkay Sahin’s wife, carrying unlicensed weapons, intentional wounding, and shooting with a gun.

Following the scandal, Turan has also been hit with a fine of 2.5 million Turkish lire (£350,648) by his club, Basaksehir.

Meanwhile, after appearing in court on Wednesday, Arda released a statement via his official Instagram account, insisting that he did not commit any harassment crime.

Turan joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for €34 million (£30m/$37m) in 2015 and has since appeared in 55 matches across all competitions for the club.

The skilful attacker has picked up four major honours during his time at Camp Nou, including the Liga title in 2015-16, but was sent to Basaksehir on a two-year loan deal midway through the 2018-19 campaign.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has played three games in the Super Lig so far this season and he also has 100 caps under his belt for Turkey, scoring 17 goals in total.

Known for his ball control, dribbling skills and vision, Arda Turan holds 100 senior national caps and 17 goals for the Turkey national team, making him Turkey’s fourth-most capped player of all-time.

By John Dalton Kigozi