The 22-year-old Turkish midfielder, for German club Bayer Leverkusen, Hakan Calhanoglu has been banned by FIFA for 4 months and fined €100,000 for breach of contract stemming from a 2011 incident. Long story short, Calhanoglu while a youth player in Turkey agreed to sign for Turkish club Trabzonspor and then was paid €100,000 in advance. He never did sign for Trabzonspor and instead went to play in Germany with Hamburger SV and then Bayer Leverkusen his current team. He never returned the money.
The complaint was filed in 2013 after Calhanoglu spurned Trabzonspor. Today FIFA ruled that he was in fact “breach of contract” and thus the punishment that was handed out. The club will recoup their money and Calhanoglu will serve a 4 month ban effective immediately which severely hurts both his club and country. His suspension means he will not be eligible to play in the remainder of the German Bundesliga season (Leverkusen – 9th place), he’ll miss their Champions League Knockout round match-up against Atletico Madrid and he’ll also not be present for Turkey’s World Cup qualifying match against Finland.
Calhanoglu is somewhat of a cult icon in the FIFA circles, where he’s known for his long shot and free kick abilities. In FIFA 16, Calhanoglu won the FUTTIES Award for “Pot Shots” the best long distance finisher in the game. This season he’s been given two In-Form cards (most famously for having the “Salt Bae” picture on his 85 rated card) and was a member of the inaugural Ultimate Scream set similar to Madden’s “Most Feared” set which released during Halloween.