Fears grow over missing ex-Chelsea and Newcastle ace caught up in Turkey earthquake | Football | Sport


More than 1,000 people have been killed in an earthquake that has rocked Turkey and neighbouring Syria. A first 7.8 magnitude quake struck in southern Turkey in the early hours of Monday morning. 

A second 7.5-magnitude tremor struck at 13:30 local time (10:30GMT). President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has announced that around 1,000 people have been killed in the disaster, while over 5,300 remain wounded. 

Publications in Turkey are reporting that top-tier football team Hatayspor have been affected. Atsu, 31, remains under the rubble along with sporting director Savut. 

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12 Numara report that fellow player Burak Oksuz has been pulled out of the wreckage. VOLE journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu adds that search and rescue teams are trying to find Atsu, Savut and translator Emre. 

All sporting events in Turkey have been cancelled due to the earthquake. Syrian authorities are reporting nearly 400 deaths, while the earthquake could also be felt in Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel. 

It comes the morning after Atsu had scored a stunning late winner in Hatayspor’s 1-0 win over Kasimpasa. The star, who also played in the Premier League on loan at Everton, struck seven minutes into added-time to give his side an important win. 


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