Czech Republic international Josef Šural has died after a minibus carrying players from his club side, Alanyaspor, crashed while returning from an away match.

Šural, a 28-year-old striker, died at the hospital where he and six of his teammates, including one-cap England international Steven Caulker and Papiss Cisse, were taken after the crash, the club said on Twitter.

The bus had two drivers and both fell asleep, according to Alanyaspor's chairman Hasan Çavuşoğlu, quoting police sources and as reported in Turkey.

“According to the information I received from our police chief, despite there being two drivers on the vehicle, they were both asleep," Çavuşoğlu said, according to Anadolu. "The crash happened as a result of them both being asleep.”

Turkey's Football Federation (TFF) released a statement on Monday morning declaring: "We have learned with great sadness that Josef Sural, who was seriously injured as a result of an accident in a private minibus carrying Aytemiz Alanyasporlu football players, died in the hospital where he was treated, and six players were injured.

"We would like to express our deepest condolences and appreciation to all lovers of the Alanyaspor community."


Šural, who won 20 caps for his country and scored once, was rushed to a nearby hospital and immediately taken for an operation, but could not be saved by doctors.

Šural had been an unused substitute during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Kayserispor, in which Caulker had scored for the away side.

Alanyaspor noted in a tweet: