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Turkey's Çalhanoğlu available again after 4-month ban

TURKEYS ÇALHANOĞLU AVAILABLE AGAIN AFTER 4-MONTH BAN
Turkish Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu's four-month ban imposed by FIFA following a breach of contract in 2011 is now over.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued its decision over the dispute between Çalhanoğlu and Turkish football club Trabzonspor on February 2.

In 2011, Hakan Çalhanoğlu was paid €100,000 ($108,000) after agreeing to sign for Trabzonspor in the future, when he was a youth player at German club Karlsruher.

In 2013, Trabzonspor lodged a claim to FIFA arguing that Çalhanoğlu had breached the terms of their employment contract without just cause when the player signed a contract for Karlsruher.

The 22-year-old Turkish international had to pay €100,000 to Trabzonspor.

Çalhanoğlu's ban caused him to miss the final 16 matches of his team's Bundesliga campaign, also Leverkusen's UEFA Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

Germany's first football division Bundesliga welcomed the midfielder, with a headline 'Welcome back, Hakan Çalhanoğlu!' posted on its official webpage.

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