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Now I drive for Uber and sell books – Turkey football legend Hakan Sukur cries out after exile from Turkey

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Turkey football legend, Hakan Sukur, who played as a striker for Inter Milan, Torino, Blackburn, and Galatasaray has revealed he is now driving for Uber in the United States after he was exiled from Turkey.

The 48-year-old won a total of 14 major titles, netted 383 goals throughout his club career as well as the fastest ever in a World Cup, in 2002.

His life, however, took a dramatic turn after retirement, as he entered politics and was elected as an Istanbul MP for the Justice and Development Party.

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He later resigned from the party in December 2013, to serve as an independent after he had a bitter falling out with President of Turkey Recep Erdogan.

Sukur is wanted for arrest in Turkey since August 2016 for being a member of the Gülen movement and lives in exile in the United States.

Speaking in a recent interview with German publication Welt am Sonntag, Sukur revealed things became hard for him after President Erdogan accused him of participating in a failed coup.

“I have nothing left, Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work,” said Sukur.

“Nobody seems able to explain what my role in this coup was supposed to be. I never did anything illegal, I am not a traitor or a terrorist.

“I might be an enemy [of] this government, but not the state or the Turkish nation. I love my country. After the split with Erdogan, I started to receive threats. My wife’s shop was attacked, my children were harassed, my father put in prison and all my assets confiscated.

“So I moved to the United States, initially running a cafe in California, but strange people kept coming into the bar. Now I drive for Uber and I sell books.”

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Nigerian basketball player, Michael Ojo is dead

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Nigerian-American basketball player, Michael Ojo has passed away after suffering a heart attack during training in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 27-year-old who previously played for Red Star Belgrade was reportedly having an individual practice at Partizan’s stadium when he collapsed on Friday, August 7.

Local media said he was rushed to the hospital from Partizan’s stadium but showed no signs of life and was confirmed dead.

“We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson Igor Vujicin told AFP.

The Lagos-born who was 7ft 1in tall and weighed 22st played for Florida State University in the United States, before starting his professional career in Belgrade, Serbia with FMP for a year after which he played two seasons for Crvena Zvezda.

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He won the 2018 ABA SuperCup as well as the ABA League and the Serbian League in 2019. Ojo was a free agent this summer.

Ojo had been without a club since June 30 but was training with Red Star.

Red Star Belgrade released a statement mourning the shocking loss of their former star.

“The sudden and shocking death of Michael Ojo has deeply affected everyone — players, coaches and the management of a club that accepted him from the first day, and that he considered his own,” Red Star said.

His former teammates and EuroLeague also extended condolences to Ojo’s family, teammates, coaches, “and many fans who enjoyed his performances”.

 

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Aubameyang to commit future to Arsenal with three-year-deal

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Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract with FA Cup hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a breakthrough in talks with the forward, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Following months of negotiations, the 31-year-old is believed to have verbally agreed to a new deal until 2023, thought to be worth more than £250,000 a week. Barring any late hitches, Aubameyang is now expected to commit his future to the club in a major boost to manager Mikel Arteta.

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The club captain has scored 70 goals in 109 appearances since signing from Borussia Dortmund for £56million in January 2018 and he has proved indispensable for Arteta, most recently with a match-winning performance in last Saturday’s FA Cup Final win over Chelsea.

Aubameyang is set to be joined in north London next season by Willian, with the Chelsea winger close to agreeing on a three-year deal with Arsenal, believed to be worth in excess of £100,000 a week.

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The Gunners are also eyeing Lille central defender Gabriel Magalhaes and want a central midfielder, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey among their targets.

A number of fringe players are expected to depart this summer, with AC Milan target Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is wanted by Everton and Brighton, among them.

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Sane begs Alaba to shun Man City, stay at Bayern

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Former Ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes any move away from the German champions would represent a step down for David Alaba.

Manchester City are among a number of clubs linked with the defender of late, with just 12 months remaining on his contract.

Former City star Leroy Sane has urged Alaba to stay at Bayern, while Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently insisted he’s confident of the Austrian’s stay.

“I can only say from my own experience that the last million is not that important,” he told DAZN and Goal.

“He gets a secure job here, a lot of fun, home, a lot of love from the fans and acceptance, which he would have to work for at another club.

“There is no club that is as familiar, cosy and pleasant as FC Bayern. For him, it would perhaps be a step forward financially, but in all other areas, it would be a step backwards.

“And according to my feeling, at least the clubs he would like to go to have never knocked, fortunately. And that’s why I hope that he will stay.”

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