DFB chief slams Ozil, Gundogan photos with Turkish president

Charlene Craig
May 15, 2018

Reinhard Grindel said on Monday on Twitter via Associated Press: "football and the DFB stand for values that Mr Erdogan doesn't sufficiently observe".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a visit to London, slammed what he called a "very, very unfortunate" move, saying that it had stripped Washington of its role as mediator in the Middle East peace process.

"That's why it's not good that worldwide players allow themselves to be manipulated for his electoral campaign". Photos of the meeting were used on social media by Erdogan's campaign team. "It certainly hasn't helped the DFB's integration efforts", he said in a statement.

"As German internationals we adhere to the values upheld by the DFB and we are aware of our responsibilities", added Gundogan.

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Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and past year held a summit of Islamic countries to denounce US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Cem Ozdemir, the former head of the Green party, told SID that the "president of a Germany global is [Federal President] Frank-Walter Steinmeier".

German national team's coordinator Oliver Bierhoff said that he would talk with the players over the issue. 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".

After the landmark vote, a new system agreed in an April 2017 referendum will come into force, which the opposition says will give the president authoritarian powers.

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"To my dear president, with my respects", Gundogan wrote on his.

Ozil and Gundogan are expected to play a major role in Germany's exploits at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation and will look to put this controversy behind them when they pull on the Die Mannschaft jersey.

"We told them that this has not been the best idea", Low said at a news conference on Tuesday, one day after the photos were published in Germany. Footballers of any nationality will always be welcomed by our president, especially when they are the ones who want to have such a meeting.

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

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