Czech football player Josef Sural of Czech wing Aytemiz Alanyaspor was killed after a minibus carrying club players fell on his return from an away game, the club said on Monday.
Sural, an Alanyaspor striker and the Czech national team, died at the hospital where he and six of his companions were taken after the crash, the club said on Twitter.
Seven Alanyas players rented a VIP minibus to return from the club's 1-1 draw at Kayserispor on Sunday and the bus crashed about 5 km from the coastal town of Alanya, state news agency Anadolu reported.
The rest of the club's players and staff returned with the team bus or alone, Anadolu said, adding that the VIP bus driver had been detained after the accident and that an investigation had been initiated.
Club president Hasan Cavusoglu said the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel of the minibus. A second driver was sleeping at the moment.
"According to information I received from our chief of police, although there were two drivers in the vehicle, they were both asleep. The accident happened as a result of both sleeping," Cavadoglu said, according to Anadolu.
He said the other six players injured in the crash were not in critical condition.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; editing by Daren Butler and Darren Schuettler)