The 48 years old former Inter and Blackburn striker claims Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced him as an enemy of Turkey and had his assets seized.
He joined Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2011, but had to quit in 2013 after a reported conflict of interests.
Hakan Sukur has however revealed that he has been reduced to selling books and driving Uber to survive in the United States.
Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, he said “Then the hostility started,” “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.”
Hakan Sukur has a lot of achievements for his country and club but he was banned from the club in 2017 claiming the decision was made directly by Erdogan.