Football world mourns death of Turkish goalkeeper in earthquake disaster

The football star's body was found after a search and rescue in Turkey.

Malatyaspor goalkeeper Ahmet Eyüp Türkaslan (pictured left) and (pictured right) rubble from the Turkish earthquake.
The football world has paid tribute to Malatyaspor player Ahmet Eyüp Türkaslan (pictured left) who was killed in the Turkish earthquake. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

The football world has paid tribute to Malatyaspor player Ahmet Eyüp Türkaslan who was killed in the Turkish earthquake that has devastated the nation. The 28-year-old goalkeeper played for second division club Malatyaspor.

However, in tragic news, local reports claim his body was recovered in the rubble after the devastating earthquake. The club announced his death on social media.

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"Our goalkeeper Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan, lost his life after being under the collapse of the earthquake. Rest in peace. We will not forget you. Beautiful person," the statement read.

The football world rallied together to send their condolences after the painful loss with the goalkeeper spending his professional career playing in his home nation.

On Tuesday, Chelsea and Newcastle United player Christian Atsu was reported after being trapped under rubble from deadly earthquakes in Turkey. According to measurements from the US Geological Survey, Turkey was hit with a second earthquake measuring more than magnitude-7, leaving thousands dead, injured, trapped or missing.

The tremor, measuring 7.5 magnitude was picked up about four kilometres outside Ekinozu, in central Turkey. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) measured the quake at 7.7 magnitude, with its epicentre about 40 miles north north-east of Kahramanmaras, a depth of 2km.

However, there were multiple conflicting reports regarding Atsu and whether he had been found. However, on Wednesday it was reported Atsu was still missing.

Australia provide assistance to Turkey

The devastating earthquake to hit both Turkey and Syria has seen the death toll surpass 7,200 people. The death toll in Turkey has pass 5,434 people as more than 8,000 people have been rescued from the rubble since the natural disaster.

On Monday, Australia announced it would give $10 million in humanitarian assistance to help response efforts following Turkey's devastating earthquake. Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said Australia's consular services were working with local authorities to follow up on a "small number" of citizens in affected areas.

"It is a crisis that is affecting so many of our fellow human beings. We will continue to monitor the unfolding situation on the ground," she told the Senate. The government will provide $7m to Turkey, of which $4m will be provided through Red Cross and Red Crescent partners to support the injured and evacuation efforts with food and items such as tents and blankets. A further $3m will be allocated as needs become clearer.

with AAP

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