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Footballer alleged to have promoted terror

dpa logodpa 5/10/2016

A Turkish soccer player is facing jail for social media posts that are alleged to have promoted terrorism.

Turkish lower league footballer Deniz Naki faces up to five years in prison after being charged by prosecutors for social media posts which allegedly contain terrorist propaganda, a report said Wednesday.

The German-born Amedspor player is expected to appear in court within days for seven posts which "incite hatred and hostility toward a group by another group who bore different characteristics due to its region, to undermine the region's locals' trust in the Turkish Republic and overtly make propaganda for the PKK/KCK terror organisation," according to the Dogan agency, who quoted the indictment.

Naki, 27, denied wrong-doing as he wanted to share peaceful messages.

The player was previously with St Pauli and Paderborn in Germany along with Turkish top-flight side Genclerbirligi before joining third-tier Amedspor.

He was banned for 12 games earlier in 2016 by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) for conducting "ideological propaganda" after a cup victory against Bursaspor.

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