A total of 2,750 members have been expelled from Turkey’s Galatasaray, the disciplinary board of the club announced on Sunday.
According to the announcement, majority of the board members voted to revoke the membership of former prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, former governors Şahabettin Harput and Hüseyin Avni Mutlu; former footballer İsmail Demiriz, businessman Hazim Sesli, former stars Hakan Şükür and Arif Erdem.
The members were expelled for “not paying annual fees.” However, Turkish media outlets cited alleged Gülen movement membership, which the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Galatasaray came first among football clubs to take action in accordance with political atmosphere and decided to cancel some of its members over alleged ties to the movement.