Eto’o charity football match under threat after attempted coup

charity match coordinated by Samuel Eto’o will be held in Antalya, Turkey, on July 16, featuring a whole host of household footballing names.

The game will feature football’s biggest names with Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Eden Hazard and Neymar all expected to turn up for the event.

Top coaches such as Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello and even Diego Maradona are also invited to the occasion.

The event is set to be held for the tenth anniversary of the charity presided over by the former Barcelona forward.

But as it stands, it is uncertain whether the event will still go on as planned.

A military group in Turkey has claimed they have taken control of the country after closing bridges in Istanbul and reports of gunfire in Ankara.

Traffic has been stopped from crossing the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in the country’s most populous city, while aircrafts are flying low over the capital.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced the action by stating it was illegal – stressing it wasn’t a coup – but the Turkish military claims it has overthrown President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“The power in the country has been seized in its entirety,” read a statement on NTV television, but who represents the group remains uncertain.

All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have been cancelled, while reports suggest Turkey’s top general has been taken hostage at the military headquarters.

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