Former Chelsea, Newcastle player Christian Atsu rescued from Turkey, Syria earthquake debris


Former Chelsea, Newcastle player Christian Atsu rescued from Turkey, Syria earthquake debris

A former Newcastle and Chelsea star Christian Atsu, who was trapped under debris during a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey has finally been rescued.

The quake that has been termed to be the biggest to strike Turkey and Syria in nearly a century killed over 4,800 people on Monday, sparked frantic rescues and was felt as far away as Greenland.

The 7.8-magnitude early morning quake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, wiped out entire sections of major Turkish cities in a region filled with millions who have fled Syria’s civil war and other conflicts.

Atsu had been reported missing alongside his club Hatayspor, sporting director Taner Savut, following the disaster.

In an interview with journalists, club’s vice president Mustafa Öza revealed that the 31-year-old had been rescued but was nursing injuries in a hospital but gave grim news about Savut.

“Christian Atsu was taken out with injuries. Our sporting director, Taner Savut, is unfortunately still under the rubble,” Ozat said:

Footages shared making the rounds on social media during rescue operations in the village of Ekinci in the Adıyaman District have claimed that the voices of Atsu and sporting director Savut can be heard.

However, this is yet to be confirmed.

The Ghanaian Football Association on Tuesday also confirmed the player’s rescue  in a statement on its official Twitter handle.

“We’ve received some positive news that Christian Atsu has been successfully rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building and is receiving treatment,” it read

“Let’s continue to pray for Christian.”


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