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    German-Kurdish Soccer Star Plays New Game in Turkey

    He’s aiming for a different goal. Deniz Naki, a soccer player who left Germany three years ago for his parents’ native Turkey, was accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda” for the country’s banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party — and found not guilty at trial. The 27-year-old has been publicly critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, and his activism has made him the country’s most recognized and controversial footballer. He grew up in Germany, but Naki’s staying in Turkey, where he’s an enemy of the state — and a hero to his fellow Kurds.

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