Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Germany slam Ozil and Gundogan over photos with Turkey's Erdogan

Germany slam Ozil and Gundogan over photos with Turkey's Erdogan

German team co-ordinator Oliver Bierhoff also added his sentiments insisting that they do not endorse it and will have a chat with players, however, he believes in their commitment to the team.

Two prominent German football stars with Turkish roots have been reprimanded by the German Football Association for being pictured with President Erdogan.

The Germany internationals were pictured greeting Erdogan at Turkey's London embassy, along with Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, as the politician arrived in England ahead of a meeting with United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May.

Gundogan's shirt had "With respect for my president" written on it.

The photos unleashed a storm of criticism from lawmakers across Germany's political spectrum and the DFB football federation, all of whom argued that Erdogan does not sufficiently respect German values. It certainly hasn't helped the DFB's integration efforts.

Erdogan is a keen soccer fan and as a young man played the game at a semi-professional level.

Turkey has shut down media outlets, detained 160,000 people and sacked almost the same number of public employees.

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Nevertheless, he said Governor Tanko Al-Makura and other members of the primaries committee would handle the exercise. Kolapo Olusola, has emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the July 14 governorship election.

RSF says over 100 journalists have been arrested, 140 media outlets shut down and at least 889 press cards rescinded since a crackdown began in 2016.

Ozil and Gundogan, German internationals of Turkish heritage, have been criticised for their part in the situation.

A commentary in top-selling Bild, which ran the photos on its front page, said: "If you have a moral position, you don't laugh into the camera with Erdogan".

Erdogan's comments that he planned to take greater control of the economy after snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month deepened investors' worries about the central bank's ability to fight inflation, helping to send the lira to a record low on Tuesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to the political sensitivity of the meetings, investors told Reuters they were flabbergasted by his stance and willingness to go into battle with world markets at such a fragile time.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish students in London, Monday, May 14, 2018.

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

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