A charity match in Turkey organised by legendary former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has been impacted by an attempted coup in the country.
It has been announced that superstars including Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta are not in Antalya as planned for the game on Saturday night while the participation of coach Diego Maradona and Neymar is also in major doubt. Many of the players who had agreed to take part would have needed to fly to the south of Turkey via Istanbul, the country’s largest city that was badly shaken in the early hours of Friday when a section of the military tried to take over Government leading to 90 deaths and a thousand wounded.
A number of famous football figures are already in Antalya to support Eto’o including Carles Puyol, Deco, former England manager Fabio Capello and Nigeria’s Kanu Nwankwo. Although the tourist resort is 400 miles to the south of Istanbul, security at hotels has been tightened up considerably to help protect the stars.
The match is currently still scheduled to take place this evening.