German football stars criticized over photos with Erdogan

15 May, 2018, 22:45 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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DFB president Reinhard Grinded said: "The DFB of course respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stands for values that Mr. Erdogan does not sufficiently respect".

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to take greater control of the economy after presidential elections next month and the central bank will have to take note of what the president says and act accordingly. "That's why it's not good our national team players allowed themselves to be misused for his election campaign maneuvers".

Although the DFB's stance appeared to have softened at a news conference to announce a provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday, TFF president Yildirim Demiroren hit out at his German counterpart.

The Turkish president said bilateral cooperation between the two countries has grown, especially since the referendums that changed Turkey's governing system to an executive presidency and paved the way for Britain's departure from the European Union.

Erdogan also said that Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who was found guilty by a USA court of helping Iran evade United States sanctions, was innocent and Turkey wanted his acquittal.

"It was never our intention to make a political statement with this picture, let alone campaign [for Erdogan]".


Ozil, who plays for Premier League side Arsenal, and Gundogan, who plies his trade for the reigning champions Manchester City, had met the Tukish Premier in the English capital along with Everton and Turkey forward Cenk Tosun.

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"But I am also sympathetic towards them".

Asked about the photo, he added: "Our president Erdogan is visiting England and was an active footballer and he loves meeting Turkish football players especially, although he does meet foreign players in Turkey when he has the time".

In an interview with Bloomberg TV on Monday, Erdogan said: "When the people fall into difficulties because of monetary policies, who are they going to hold accountable?"

"It is a awful mistake to mix politics with football as can be seen from the German president's example". Both have done a lot for integration in Germany.

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