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Africans Abroad: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Demba Ba in Turkish Super Lig action amid coronavirus blackout

While Europe's five major leagues have all been suspended amidst the ongoing coronavirus, African players were still in action in Turkey -- with Demba Ba and Kevin-Prince Boateng among the stars who took to the field in the Super Lig.

The league proceeded behind closed doors despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with various high-profile African players involved in a fascinating title race, although some are in disagreement as to whether the Turkish Football Federation is right to continue.

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Barcelona's Turan sentenced for nightclub fight

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, on loan with Turkish club Basaksehir, has been handed a suspended prison sentence for firing a gun to cause fear and panic, illegal possession of weapons and intentional injury.

The court sentenced Turan to two years and eight months in prison, but he will not serve that term unless he commits a crime in the next five years.

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Turkey seeks 12-year sentence for Barcelona's Arda Turan after alleged nightclub brawl

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

The fight between Turan and pop singer Berkay Sahin 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 that Turan faces a 12-and-a-half-year...

Arda Turan questioned by police after fight with Turkish pop star

Police questioned Turkey international midfielder Arda Turan late on Thursday over reports that he fought with a pop star at a night club in Istanbul, the Demiroren news agency (DHA) and other media said.

Turan, on loan from Barcelona at Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, was summoned by a prosecutor to make a statement to police after they received reports of the player's clash with singer Berkay Sahin, DHA said.

It quoted Turan's police statement as saying he rejected allegations he harassed Sahin. 

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Jack Cork nets extra-time winner as Burnley beat Istanbul Basaksehir

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Jack Cork scored an extra-time goal as Burnley beat Istanbul Basaksehir 1-0 to advance to a Europa League playoff with Olympiakos.

The teams came into match level at 0-0 on aggregate after the first leg in Istanbul, and after 90 minutes of regular time that score was still the same.

But Cork popped up in the 97th minute to fire in the winner in a match that saw Joe Hart have a superb night in goal in his Turf Moor debut for Burnley.

Sean Dyche's team will travel to Greece next Thursday for...