Hakan Sukur has revealed he has been reduced to selling books and driving Uber to survive in the United States.
The former Inter and Blackburn striker claims Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced him as an enemy of Turkey and had his assets seized.
The 48-year-old joined Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2011, but quit in 2013 after a reported conflict of interests.
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“Then the hostility started,” Sukur told Welt am Sonntag.
“Stones were thrown at my wife’s boutique, my children were harassed on the street. I received threats after every statement I made. When I had left, they locked up my father - and everything I owned was confiscated.
“I have nothing left anywhere in the world. Erdogan took everything from me. My right to freedom, the right to explain myself, to express myself, the right to work.”
His father and mother have been diagnosed with cancer with his dad placed under house arrest after he was released from prison.
“It is a very difficult time for them," he said. "Everybody who has anything to do with me has financial difficulties.
Sukur who led Turkey to third position in the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup scored 51 times in 112 appearances for his country.
He also won the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup with Galatasary, a club which he spent 13 years, winning nine Super Lig titles.
But he was banned from the club in 2017 claiming the decision was made directly by Erdogan.
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Islam Slimani's equalizer for Monaco was clearly offside as the linesman flagged the referee but after taking a look at the VAR, the goal was given by referee Antony Gautier.
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