Banned Calhanoglu determined to return stronger

ShareClose Comments
The 22-year-old did not hide his frustration after his four-month ban was upheld but is looking forward to helping Bayer Leverkusen upon returning

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu feels he has been unfairly punished after a transgression committed six years ago at a different club saw him banned for four months but is determined to bounce back.

Why Giroud is best used as a super sub

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week upheld a four-month suspension handed down by FIFA, which found him guilty of breaching a contract with Trabzonspor.

The offence relates to 2011, when he agreed to join the Turkish side before opting instead to extend his deal with German club Karlsruher.

The 22-year-old, who has been ordered to pay Trabzonspor €100,000 in compensation, was unable to hide his frustration with the decision, but has vowed to return stronger after his punishment.

"Hello all, you will have seen that CAS upheld FIFA's decision to hand me a four-month suspension. That means I will unfortunately not be able to play for Bayer Leverkusen or Turkey's national team in the second half of the season," Calhanoglu said in a statement.

"The reason behind the ban is that I signed a contract with Trabzonspor back in 2011 at the age of 17, but then later on renewed my contract with Karlsruher, where I played at the time and who had an option to extend my deal.

Is there a better centre back than David Luiz?

"I was convinced at the time that my contract with Trabzonspor would only be valid if Karlsruher did not extend my deal or if both clubs reached an agreement over a transfer.

"Unfortunately, FIFA and CAS have decided different and have banned me, even though it became clear Trabzonspor also broke a number of FIFA rules by offering me a contract in the relevant circumstances.

"I find it therefore very hard to understand that I am not able to play for such a long time for something that happened six years ago when I was still underage.

"But I will accept this decision and focus on the future. I am convinced that I will come back stronger than before and will give my all for my club, the national team and my fans again."

Next article:
African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Everton & Tottenham plot player swap for Zaha
Next article:
Neymar backs Tite for Brazil despite World Cup failure
Next article:
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real & Chelsea agree €190m Hazard deal
Next article:
Man City rule out moves for Pjanic, Thiago & Kovacic
Next article:
Oumar Niasse is in my plan, assures Everton coach Marco Silva
Close

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Show more Accept