Former Newcastle United midfielder Emre has been attacked on a ferry by rival fans earlier today, according to a statement he has released to the Turkish media.

Emre stated that Besiktas supporters travelling to their game at Akhisar Belediye GS, which was scheduled for this afternoon, surrounded his car on the ferry and verbally harassed him, before he was forced to get out.

Once he stepped out of the car he says he was assaulted by the rival supporters and fought back, the now Fenerbahce Captain afterwards filing an official complaint with the police.

The incident was reported to have happened on a ferry from Gebze to Yalova province, with Emre in the company of another football player, Orhan Ak.

Besiktas fans have made their own claims that Orhan Ak pulled out a gun and threatened them with it.

The player admitting he does own a gun that is legal and above board but he was adamant that he didn’t take the gun out and threaten the Besiktas supporters.

Emre has had an ‘eventful’ career and been in trouble on a number of occasions.

Graeme Souness signed him for Newcastle where he had limited impact, undoubtedly the highlight of his time on Tyneside being when he scored a spectacular winner in the 3-2 defeat of Sunderland at St. James’ Park.

However, on the less savoury side, Emre was accused of using racist language by a number of Everton players but the charge dropped due to a lack of evidence.