A 39-year-old football coach was arrested on Tuesday over alleged links to the Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to a story in the Hürriyet daily on Tuesday, coach Şaban Yıldırım, who was detained by police over the weekend, was sent to prison in Sakarya over membership in an armed terror organization and attempting to destroy the constitutional order.
Among the fotbaal teams Yıldırım had coached are Elazığspor, Sakaryaspor, Çubukspor, Kartalspor, İnegölspor and finally Pendikspor.
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 (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.
The group denies any involvement.
According to a statement from Interior Minister Soylu on April 2, a total of 113,260 people have been detained as part of investigations into the Gülen group since the July 15 coup attempt, while 47,155 were put into pre-trial detention. On May 6, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said 149,833 people have been investigated and 48,636 have been jailed as part of an investigation targeting the group since July 15 of last year.