Turkey:stadium not named after Sukur after rift with Erdogan

Former Turkish football star is now independent MP

09 April, 14:16

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 9 - The former star of the Turkish soccer national team, and of top league teams Galatasaray, Torino and Inter, Hakan Sukur, who is today a lawmaker, saw his name scrapped from the Istanbul stadium after he distanced himself from Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and stepped down as member of the Islamic AKP part, local media reported on Wednesday.

    Sukur, 42, who was elected in 2011 wirh Erdogan's party, resigned in December from the party and is now an independent lawmaker. Hurriyet online reported that on Tuesday employees with the Sancaktepe municipality, led by the AKP, took off the tag with the ex-footballer's name from the stadium's main entrance. The 'Hakan Sukur Stadium' inaugurated in 2012 is now called 'Sancaktepe Municipality Stadium'. Sukur left the Islamic party in December, criticizing the premier's authoritarian drive and the strategyadopted by Erdogan towards former allies with the Islamic brotherhood Hizmet of preacher Fetullah Gullen. The former soccer player is believed to be close to the brotherhood. (ANSAmed)
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