LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu will serve a four-month ban imposed by FIFA for breach of contract.
The 22-year-old Turkey international must also pay 100,000 euros ($108,000) in compensation to Turkish club Trabzonspor, which he agreed to sign for when he was a teenager, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Thursday.
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CAS said the FIFA ban, which was frozen pending the appeal verdict, “is reinstated with immediate effect.”
Calhanoglu will miss Leverkusen's Champions League matches against Atletico Madrid and the rest of the Bundesliga season. He is also suspended for Turkey's World Cup qualifying match at home against Finland on March 24.
“It's a heavy blow for Hakan, but also for us,” Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller 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.”