Barcelona football star Arda Turan backs campaign to grant President Erdoğan 'one-man' powers

Barcelona footballer Arda Turan backs campaign to grant President Erdoğan more power

Turan seen here playing for former club Atletico Madrid during a match at the UEFA Champions League

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

One of the world's most famous footballers has thrown his support to a campaign to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan greater powers in an upcoming referendum vote.

Barcelona's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan joined a social media campaign in support of this, along with a couple of his fellow players. 

Turan, formerly of Atletico Madrid, has played for Barca since 2015 and is a key player for his country, although he was booed following Turkey's 3-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2016.

The referendum on the presidential plan will take place less than a year after a failed coup which attempted to oust Erdoğan from power. 

The planned changes will create a US-style system in Turkey, which they argue are needed in order to make the Government more efficient, but which have also raised fears it will ensure 'one-man rule'. 

The referendum is expected to take place in the first half of April.