Turkish World Cup 2014 semifinal referee Cüneyt Çakır has suffered a pneumothorax during last weekend's Süper Lig match between Gençlerbirliği and Karabükspor in Ankara and was taken to hospital immediately.
After 28 minutes, Çakır started to feel pain in his chest and furthermore suffered from breathlessness for a while on the field of play. He continued to referee the match until the end of the first half and was then replaced by his first additional assistant referee.
His doctor, Mr Tevfik Ali Küçükbaş, explained it as follows: "Due to an unexpected airflow in his lung tissue, there was an accumulation of air in his chest. This prevented his lungs from enlarging in order to breath properly. After an operation, he is still in our hospital to make his lung recover and will stay here for a couple of days. Until the weekend, he will have recovered completely."
The medicine additionally suspected that Çakır's pneumothorax was due to an infection, influenza or something comparable. Often times, pneumothoraces are a consequence of smoking or drinking too much alcohol, which Çakır's father clearly excluded: "We thank the doctors and hospital, the Turkish football federation and everybody who reached us. I believe he is very strong. We all know that he (Çakır) has a very proper lifestyle, doesn't smoke and doesn't drink any alcohol. Now he just needs some time to return onto the field of play."
Cüneyt Çakır's career as top referee is clearly not in danger. As the doctors believe the pneumothorax has resulted from something acute and nothing chronical, "there is nothing that might adversely affect his refereeing career", as Zekeriya Alp (Head of Refereeing in TFF) said.
The Third Team wishes Cüneyt Çakır all the best!