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Mehmet Topal Fenerbahce midfielder survives ‘terrorist attack’

Fenerbahce's Mehmet Topal has survived a gun attack on his car after training on Tuesday, the club have confirmed

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  play Mehmet Topal escaped unhurt after his car was attacked by gunmen (Omni Sports)
  play The shot couldn't go through the bullet proof windscreen of the car (Fenerbahce )

Fenerbahce midfielder Mehmet Topal was a target for terrorists who shot at him while he was returning from training on Tuesday, August 11.

Shots were fired at the Turkey international while he was driving home from training but he survived after being saved by the bullet-proof glass of his Mercedes G class.

He was driving with his teammate Uygar Mert Zeybek in the car with him who also escaped unhurt.

Fenerbahce published photos of the car's windscreen with apparent bullet damage, although it did not penetrated the glass.

This attack is an armed terrorist act. We condemn these attacks and hope the perpetrators are found and justice is done,” a statement from Fenerbhce read. 

  play Mehmet Topal was on his way back from training when the shooting happened (Fenerbahce)

 

The Turkish Football Federation also reacted saying: “This attack is not only on an eminent player of our club and national team, it is deemed an attack on Turkish football.”

This is the second time Topa has been attacked by gunmen this year.

The 29-year-old was also in the club team bus when it was attacked by gunmen as it drove to Trabzon airport after a 5-1 victory over Rizespor in the Turkish Super Lig in April.

Local police say the shots came from a rifle, with damage visible on the bus, while the driver was wounded and taken to hospital.

It is also the second time in a week that a European football side have been attacked by gunmen,.

Hertha Berlin team bus was shot at on their trip to Arminia Bielefeld for a German Cup tie.

According to the German club, a motorcyclist overtook the bus as it was headed to pick up the players before the man threatened the driver by shaking his fist and firing shots from a pistol.

Fortunately, no one was injured

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