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Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-soccer star

  • FILE - In this Saturday, June 29, 2002, file photo, Turkey's Hakan Sukur holds a South Korean flag at the end of the 2002 World Cup third place playoff soccer match between South Korea and Turkey, at the Daegu World Cup stadium, in Daegu, South Korea.  Turkey's state-run news agency reports Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, FILE)

    FILE - In this Saturday, June 29, 2002, file photo, Turkey's Hakan Sukur holds a South Korean flag at the end of the 2002 World Cup third place playoff soccer match between South Korea and Turkey, at the Daegu World Cup stadium, in Daegu, South Korea. Turkey's state-run news agency reports Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2007, file photo Turkey's Hakan Sukur reacts during the Group C Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match against Bosnia at the Olympic stadium in Sarajevo. Turkey's state-run news agency reports Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup. (AP Photo/Amel Emric, FILE)

    FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2007, file photo Turkey's Hakan Sukur reacts during the Group C Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match against Bosnia at the Olympic stadium in Sarajevo. Turkey's state-run news agency reports Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup. (AP Photo/Amel Emric, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 16, 2008, file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, 2nd right, and his wife Emine Erdogan, second left, and Turkish soccer star Hakan Sukur, right, during a garden party at the British Embassy in Ankara. Turkey's state-run news agency reports Friday, Aug. 12, 2016  authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup. (AP Photo/Firat Yurdakul, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, May 16, 2008, file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, 2nd right, and his wife Emine Erdogan, second left, and Turkish soccer star Hakan Sukur, right, during a garden party at the British Embassy in Ankara. Turkey's state-run news agency reports Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup. (AP Photo/Firat Yurdakul, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of former soccer star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, accused by Turkey of masterminding last month's failed coup.

Anadolu Agency said the warrant was issued late on Thursday, accusing Sukur of "membership in an armed terror organization."

Turkey has launched a massive crackdown on alleged supporters of the movement led by Fethullah Gulen, detaining some 35,000 people and dismissing tens of thousands of others from government jobs. Gulen has denied involvement.

Sukur, who reportedly left Turkey last year, was a Turkey international who played for Inter Milan and Galatasaray. He was elected to parliament in 2011 but resigned from the ruling party following the government's rift with Gulen.