Hakan Sukur is Turkey’s most appealing ever goalscorer and once one among Europe’s most prolific strikers. A story.
So, how did he stop up using taxis and promoting books for a residing within the US, in exile from his home country?
In step with an interview with German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, the 48-year-extinct outdated faculty striker’s lifestyles has taken an weird and wonderful and troubling turn since retiring from soccer in 2008.
He claims that a rift with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has uncovered him to death threats, fraudulent accusations and absence of access to funds.
‘I no doubt catch nothing left, Erdogan took every little thing: my real to liberty, freedom of expression and real to work,” he told the paper.
Sukur scored 51 goals in 112 appearances for Turkey between 1992 and 2007. He modified into segment of the Turkish facet that performed third on the 2002 World Cup.
The outdated faculty Blackburn player spent the bulk of his profession at Galatasaray and is the all-time main goalscorer within the Colossal Lig – the Turkish high flight.
After retiring from soccer, he went into politics. In 2011, Sukur received a seat in Turkey’s Parliament as a member of Erdogan’s Justice and Pattern Social gathering .
But he modified into moreover tied to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic student and rival of Erdogan, whom the Turkish President blamed for a bloody attempted coup in 2016.
Sukur, by then residing within the US, reportedly denounced the attempted coup, nonetheless modified into on the replacement hand, in 2017, described by Turkish-flee declare media as a “fugitive member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO).”
That represent describes him residing in a $3m home, operating a cafe at Palo Alto, “the richest build of San Francisco Bay Location.”
Sukur tells a less enjoyable-sounding listing.
“I moved to the United States, on the starting build operating a cafe in California, nonetheless unfamiliar of us saved coming into the bar,” he told Welt am Sonntag. “Now I power for Uber and I sell books.”
He has acknowledged that his properties, businesses and bank accounts in Turkey had all been seized by Erdogan’s govt.
He moreover denies any crimes.
“No one looks ready to sigh what my role on this coup modified into speculated to be,” he added. “I never did anything illegal, I am no longer a traitor or a terrorist.”
Here’s no longer the first time he’s spoken on the arena. In 2018 he told the New York Times: “Or no longer it’s my country; I adore my of us, despite the incontrovertible truth that their recommendations about me are distorted by controlled media.”
The listing throws up extra questions about Erdogan’s govt. In 2018, Mesut Ozil attracted criticism after posing for a image with the Turkish President, including from the German Football Federation (DFB), which acknowledged “soccer and the DFB protect values which could perchance be no longer sufficiently respected by Mr Erdogan”.
Erdogan modified into therefore absolute top man at Ozil’s marriage ceremony.
Politics and sport howdy? A thorny swap.