Turkish authorities have declared former football star turned legislator Hakan Sukur wanted over his links to a US-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of masterminding last month’s failed coup, reports said.
Sukur, who was a top striker scored 332 goals during his football career – featuring for Italian giants Inter Milan, Torino, Parma, English side Blackburn Rovers, and Turkish side Galatasaray, and was thrice Turkish league top goal scorer.
The most prolific striker in the history of the Turkish football, Sukur scoring a record 51 goals in 112 appearances for the national team, a side he also captained.
According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, the warrant of arrest issued against Sukur accused him of membership of an armed terror organisation.
The reports said a warrant of arrest was issued against his father, Selmet Sukur and he was arrested and detained on Friday.
Hakan Sukur reportedly left Turkey last year after he fell out with the government and resigned from the ruling party in 2013.