Turkey star Arda Turan has declared that his international career “is over” as he reflects on the confrontation with a journalist that led to him quitting.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder clashed with Bilal Mese on the flight back from Macedonia, where the Crescent Stars had played a friendly to prepare for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kosovo on June 11.
Turan took exception to the veteran journo being on board – the row stemming from reports of a disagreement between senior national-team players and the Turkish Football Federation over unpaid bonuses relating to Euro 2016.
The Barcelona man then figuratively hit out at the media afterwards on Instagram, criticising those "who wrote lies, slander and ignore people's dignity and family values".
And after speaking with TFF president Yildirim Demiroren and head coach Fatih Terim, Arda announced on Tuesday that he will no longer represent his country.
"Bad things happened last night. But am I regretful? No. Now I feel at ease," he was quoted as saying by Goal.
"I talked with our coach and president of the Federation and said that I want to leave national team. I said that I don't want to play against Kosovo.
"I'll always give the same response to those who put out such false news. I've never forgotten what it did to us.
"I speak as a man who serves the national team in all categories, loves his country and jersey. My national team career is over."
Arda made his debut for the senior team in 2006 and retires three caps short of the 100-appearance mark, with 17 goals to his name.