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    Barcelona's Turkish forward Arda Turan arrives for a training session at the Joan Gamper Sports Center in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona, on April 18, 2017

    Erdogan Plays Witness at Turkish Footballer's Wedding

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    Turkish star midfielder Arda Turan tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend in Istanbul with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acting as the marriage witness.

    Apart from the commander-in-chief, the small-scale ceremony was also attended by the first lady, Turan's teammate Emre Belozoglu and other high-profile guests.



    Turan made headlines earlier this month by saying it would be inappropriate to have a big wedding with Turkey "at war," referring to "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria.

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    The 31-year-old, who joined the Turkish club Başakşehir on a 2,5-year loan from Barcelona, even celebrated a recent goal with a military salute.

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