Bayer Leverkusen: Set-Piece Wizard Hakan Calhanoglu Banned For Four Months Over Contract Breach

Chris Wright

3rd, February 2017


Bayer Leverkusen are going to have to do without the services of Hakan Calhanoglu for the rest of the season after the midfielder was handed a four-month ban for breaching his contract.

Specifically, Calhanoglu has been punished for breaching a contract he signed with Turkish side Trabzonspor when he was just 17-years old.

Playing for German third division side Karlsruhe at the time, Calhanoglu signed a €100,000 pre-contract deal to join Trabzonspor in 2011 only to renege and extend his contract with Karlsruhe instead.

He then signed for top-tier Hamburg in the summer of 2012 on the proviso that he would return to Karlsruhe on loan for the 2012/13 season – duly helping them win promotion to the 2. Bundesliga.

Trabzonspor initially began legal proceedings to recoup their €100,000 as well as €1million in compensation, but today both FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have decided that the repayment of €100,000 and a lengthy ban for Calhanoglu would suffice.

The moral of the story? Don’t sign anything until you’re a proper, fully-functioning grown-up.

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