(FILES) This file photo taken on August 13, 2003 shows Galatasaray Istanbul`s scorer Hakan Sukur celebrating his goal during the Europe Championship preliminary soccer game against CSKA Sofia in Olympic stadium, in Istanbul. / AFP / MUSTAFA OZER
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Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for its former international football star striker Hakan Sukur as it probes last month's failed coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said Friday.Prosecutors in Sakarya province east of Istanbul accuse Sukur of being a member of the organisation of the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara claims was behind the coup. Sukur was one of the stars of Turkey's third-place performance in the 2002 World Cup and a household name in the football-mad country.With a football career stretching from 1987 to 2007, Sukur was by far the most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Turkish national side, finding the net 51 times in 112 appearances.After football, Sukur went into politics and was elected an MP with Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2011 .
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