World Cup hero whose name got commentator sacked is now Uber driver in USA

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    Once turning out for the likes of Inter Milan and Blackburn, Hakan Sukur has the honour of the quickest goal ever scored at the World Cup.

    However, his life has taken quite the turn since his strike for Turkey back in 2002 and he has since been booted out of his country and now works as an Uber driver in the United States.

    It was 29 June 2002 and Turkey were facing South Korea in the third-place play-off, taking on the hosts of the competition in their final game of the competition. And Sukur shut the home crowd up extremely quickly just seconds into the contest.

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    Just 10.8 seconds to be exact, making the Turkish striker's goal the fastest in World Cup history but years later and he has had to flee his homeland after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a warrant for his arrest.

    Speaking out, Sukur said: "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."

    The warrant for his arrest was distributed in 2017 after the former Galatasaray star was charged with being a member of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETO). The group as been deemed terrorist in the likes of Pakistan, Turkey and northern Cyprus and were believed to be the perpetrators behind the failed coup in Turkey in 2016.

    And while Sukur might not be in the country anymore, just uttering his name has left one commentator unemployed. Alper Bakircigil was commentating on Canada’s game against Morocco earlier in this year's World Cup.

    On Turkish broadcaster TRT, Bakircigil was prompted to talk up Sukur's goal after Hakim Ziyech scored early into the contest. While the fact was correct, his employers were not too pleased and the commentator was replaced – at half-time.

    Bakircigil wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “I was cut off from the TRT institution, where I worked proudly for many years, after the event that took place today. Separation is included in love. Hope to see you again. Goodbye..”


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