Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor's team doctor Ismail Yetkin expressed condolences to the people of the Czech Republic and Alanyaspor supporters, after the team's striker Josef Sural died in a minibus accident earlier in the day.

Speaking to the press in Alanya on Monday, Yetkin said that "we have lost our valuable player, the Czech Republic citizen Josef Sural, to a terrible accident."

General Manager of the Alanya Anadolu Hospital Hasan Peksel reported that the minibus was thrown into a roadside ditch "as a result of a loss of control of the [vehicle] by a driver."

He noted that the closest ambulances were diverted to the area, adding that "our medical team responded promptly."

According to Peksel, the 29-year old Sural had "internal bleeding" and "multiple broken bones in his skull, arms and leg bones."

The minibus carrying football players from Aytemiz Alanyaspor crashed five kilometres (three miles) away from Alanya in the early hours of Monday, killing Sural and injuring six of his teammates.

Sural, who made 20 appearances for the Czech Republic, succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital where he and his teammates were rushed to after the crash.

According to Aytemiz Alanyaspor Chairman Hasan Cavusoglu, the driver of the minibus fell asleep behind the wheel while a secondary driver was also asleep.

Sural and his teammates, which included former Tottenham defender Steven Caulker and ex-Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, were returning from an away game against Kayserispor in central Turkey.

Sural joined the Turkish club from Sparta Prague in January, making nine appearances.

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