Arda Turan has responded to allegations of an altercation with a journalist by hitting out at attacks on his "dignity" in the media.
The Barcelona midfielder was reportedly involved in an incident with a reporter from the Milliyet newspaper on the Turkey squad's flight back following their 0-0 friendly draw with Macedonia on Monday.
He was booted out of the Tukey squad after the incident. Irked by this decision, the Barcelona player announced his retirement from International football.
Arda is said to have been furious that the reporter – named as Bilal Mese – was allowed to travel on the plane due to reports, circulated after Euro 2016, alleging a dispute between senior Turkey players and the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) relating to bonuses they were said to be owed for reaching the finals.
Turkish media, including Fanatik and Milliyet, go as far as reporting that Arda had grabbed the journalist by the throat in what was an allegedly heated confrontation.
The 30-year-old later took to his official Instagram page to state that he could not forgive what he considers to be "slander" against him and his family, although he did not confirm what is said to have taken place on the flight.
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