Turkish government orders the arrest of Hakan Sukur

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After the failed Turkish coup against president Recep Tayyip Erdogan a month ago, the Turkish government has ordered the arrest of former international footballer Hakan Sukur.

The government has ordered the arrest of the retired footballer - who has been retired since 2008 used to play for Galatasaray, Inter Milan, and Blackburn Rovers - because according to the Marca, they believe he "belongs to an armed terrorist group"

The prosecution also believes that the 44-year-old belongs to the group that is considered organised by Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. A warrant was also issued for the former footballer's father, Sermet Sukur, who was his son's manager for years.


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According to the report, Sukur is: "a known supporter of the coup and had previously stated support for Gulen."

However, it is not yet known when the former international footballer will be arrested. The BBC have stated as well that: "Sukur's twitter account and website were not publicly accessible on Friday."

Sukur is regarded as one of Turkey's most greatest players, playing in three different countries across his career. During the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, the former striker played a key role in Turkey's run in the competition to the quarter-finals.

Also known as the Bull of the Bosphorus, he played for his country 112 times and scored 51 international goals, he was part of the Galatasaray Uefa Cup-winning team of 2000, and he scored the fastest-ever World Cup goal after just 11 seconds against South Korea in 2002.

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