Taner Savut: Body Of Hatayspor’s Sporting Director Found Two Weeks After Earthquake


    The body of Hatayspor’s Sporting Director, Taner Savut have been found over two weeks after the earthquake that ravaged Turkey and Syria.

    Taner Savut: Body Of Hatayspor's Sporting Director Was Discovered After Earthquake

    His dead body was found close to where the body of Hatayspor player Christian Atsu was recovered last week. He had been missing since February 6.

    Turkish Süper Lig club tweeted: “We feel the deep sorrow of losing our sporting director Taner Savut.”

    “We will not forget you, teacher Taner. You are always in our hearts.”

    Galatasaray and Fenerbahce of the Super Lig were among the teams to send their sympathies, as were the Turkish Football Association.

    There are estimates that over 40,000 people were killed as a result of the earthquakes and their aftershocks in southern Turkey and northern Syria.

    Taner Savut 

    Turkish sports administrator and former right back Taner Savut died on February 6, 2023 – He was born on 10 August 1974.

    Savut, a Zmir native, started his professional career in 1994 with Zmirspor before switching to Fenerbahçe in 1997.

    On September 29 of that year, the team’s UEFA Cup first-round loss at home to Steaua București marked his lone appearance in Europe.

    He joined a fellow Süper Lig team, Göztepe in 1999, then a year later, Siirtspor, where on May 6, 2001, he scored his single goal in 71 games in the top division to cap a 3-0 home victory over Gençlerbirlii.

    Thereafter, up until 2011, he played for Sakaryaspor, Alanyaspor, and Tokatspor in lesser levels.

    Savut served as Manisa’s sporting director until joining Hatayspor in the first division in July 2022.

    Savut perished in the same building that also claimed the life of Hatayspor player Christian Atsu during the 6 February 2023 Turkey-Syria earthquake.

    Taner Savut: Body Of Hatayspor's Sporting Director Was Discovered After Earthquake

    He was 48 when his body was discovered on February 21.

    What Happened In Turkey?

    The powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck early on Monday, February 6th, caused a 10 foot displacement throughout the nation.

    Two further earthquakes that happened within 24 hours of the first one left a trail of destruction that stretched hundreds of miles along Turkey’s border with Syria.

    It is one of the worst earthquakes to hit the region in at least a century, it killed more than 2,000 people and threatened to overwhelm rescue efforts as it rocked central Turkey and north-western Syria.

    The earthquake destroyed significant areas of major cities in a region where millions of refugees have fled the Syrian civil war, inflicting thousands more injuries.

    A second magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck on Monday throughout the day as rescuers in both countries continued to look for survivors after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck in the early darkness of a winter morning.

    According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 4.17am local time (0.117 GMT) at a depth of around 17.9km (11 miles) close to the Turkish city of Gaziantep, which is home to about 2 million people.

    Video footage from Turkey showed horrified citizens watching rescuers sift through the wreckage of destroyed homes while standing in the snow in their pajamas. While many people were still asleep, buildings were leveled.

    Lebanon, Greece, Israel, and the island of Cyprus all experienced tremors.


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