Deniz Naki, a German football player with Kurdish roots will not return to his Turkey-based team, Amedspor over security concerns, Der Spiegel said Saturday.
Naki wants to dissolve his contract with Amedspor and stay in Germany, 28-year-old’s lawyer Stephan Kuhn told the German magazine.
The lawyer reportedly underlined security concerns for the decision.
Naki’s car was shot while driving on a highway in Germany’s Düren earlier this month.
The 28-year-old midfielder was detained in mid-summer due to the social media posts authorities find insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Earlier, Naki was given suspended prison sentence of 18 months and 22 days due to his social media posts that the judge in charge claimed to be a part of terrorist propaganda. Naki said his postings aimed peace building in Turkey’s Kurdish regions in the east of the country, adding that he dedicated a 2016 win against rival Bursaspor to the people who lost their lives or got wounded during Turkish military operations in Diyarbakir’s Sur district.
“My statement following the match was the reason for them to file a complaint against me,” he told Turkish media. Turkey has intensified pressure against the Kurdish minority since the summer of 2015. While Kurdish majority cities were turned upside down with consecutive military attacks, hundreds of Kurdish politicians were jailed over terror charges.