Turkey seeks 12-year sentence for Barca's Turan for fight

Barcelona's Turkish player Arda Turan, right, leaves a police station in Istanbul, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Turan has given testimony to police following a nightclub brawl during which he reportedly broke the nose of a singer. The DHA news agency said Turan, who is on loan to Istanbul side Basaksehir, was called to a police station where he was questioned for three hours on Thursday. (IHA via AP)

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's state-run media says prosecutors are seeking more than 12 years imprisonment for Barcelona footballer Arda Turan for a nightclub fight in which he reportedly broke the nose of a singer.

The fight last week between Turan and pop singer Berkay Sahin in a nightclub began after the midfielder allegedly made comments to the singer's wife.

Turan, who is on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir, allegedly later entered a hospital where the singer was being treated, brandishing a gun.

Anadolu Agency said on Monday Turan faces a 12 1/2 year sentence. Other media said Turan was being charged with sexual harassment, possession of an unlicensed gun, deliberate injury, and willfully endangering public security.

Sahin faces a two-year term for insulting Turan.

A court needs to accept the charges before trial can begin.

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