There’s “banter,” and then there’s what Arda Turan’s Atletico Madrid teammates decided to do for the Turkish midfielder’s birthday, which is this Friday, Jan. 30.
[ WATCH: Turan chucks his boot at AR ]
Following Turan’s shocking outburst during Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg against Barcelona, in which he hurled one of his boots at an assistant referee in a fit of rage, Turan’s teammates helped the boot-chucker celebrate his 28th birthday in the only fitting way, given recent events: with a boot-themed birthday cake, featuring a miniature recreation of the now-infamous boot toss. Now those are some solid teammates.
Arda Turan celebrating his birthday tonight. Of course his teammates got him a cake in the shape of…a boot. pic.twitter.com/AxTu9pYT1K
— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) January 29, 2015
Arda Turan’ın kramponlu doğum günü pastası. pic.twitter.com/OcMEJPHi6y
— De Marke (@demarkesports) January 29, 2015
One slight issue: the cake should have been white and neon yellow, just like the boot in question.
Turan is definitely smiling in the above photo, so it’s probably fair to assume that he’s taking his teammate’s gag in stride. Chances are, however, Diego Simeone won’t find it quite as funny once Turan’s presumed retrospective punishment is handed down.