Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

German FA angry with Mesut Ozil & IIkay Gundogan

German FA angry with Mesut Ozil & IIkay Gundogan

That's why it's not good that our worldwide players let themselves be manipulated for his electoral campaign. "It certainly hasn't helped the DFB's integration efforts", he said in a statement.

During a meeting Sunday with Erdogan, the two players, both born in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, handed over signed Arsenal and Manchester City shirts.

Gundogan insisted he "didn't want to make a political statement with this photo and even less so campaign for his election". As Germany internationals, we own up to the values of the DFB and are aware of our responsibility.

"Posing in a London luxury hotel with the despotic Erdogan and courting him as "my president" while he is oppressing democrats and imprisoning critical journalists in Turkey, is a gross foul", Sevim Dagdelen of the opposition Left Party said.

The move is widely regarded as a plan to shore up his power in the country, and comes as global pressure mounts on the president for his suppression of political dissent.

Germany general team manager Oliver Bierhoff said he spoke to both players who apparently were not aware of the impact of their actions. However, he said: "They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we can not endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players".

Germany internationals Ozil and Gundogan were pictured with Erdogan during the president's state visit to the United Kingdom, leading Grindel to issue a warning to the Premier League stars.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will be more effective in Turkey's economy and monetary policy if he wins the June 24 elections.

Turkish football federation vice-president Servet Yardmici, an executive member of the UEFA Board, claimed Erdogan's meeting with the players was centred on "football chat".

With the Premier League season now all done and dusted, football fans are now switching their focus to this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Speaking at a forum on Turkish-British relations, Erdogan noted that in July 2016, the British government quickly condemned a coup attempt against him and said "we will never forget this solidarity".

"I don't think we should involve them, they are Turkish but are playing for another national team".

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