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Ozil and Gundogan met the German President after being criticized for taking pictures with Erdogan

23 May 2018
Ben Pengetauan
Two Turkish national football players Mezut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan have met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after photo distribution with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The AKP party, which ruled in Turkey, released their photos with Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of country elections.
German politician's answer was Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan supporting Erdogan - an allegation that rejected both German national team players.
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Germany condemned Erdogan's actions against what they called the failed political coup of the coup.
Ozil, who waged Arsenal, and Manchester City Gundogan players gave their respective club shirts, complete with a sign, to Erdogan at a show in London last week.
Both players will produce Germany at the FIFA World Cup next month in Russia, and Germany is one of the champions favorites. As Turkey were eliminated in the qualifying round.
Clear the misunderstanding
The German football player (DFB) also criticized two German national team players.
"Mentioned us and DFB and overcame this problem," Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters.
They met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the presidential palace in Berlin

"It's important for both of them to clear up the misunderstanding," said President Steinmeier.
He said that Özil had told him that he positioned himself as a German man, while Gündogan insisted that "Germany is definitely my country and my team".
"Both of them reassured us that they did not want to send any political signal with the action," said DFB President Reinhard Grindel.
"They also claim that they are positioning themselves behind our (German) values off the field and that they identify as Germans."
Oppress the opposition
Erdogan, who has been in power for the past 15 years, is trying to stay in power in the presidential and parliamentary elections that are accelerated on 24 June.
The AKP party, backed by Islamists, has cracked down on its political opponents, especially since a coup that failed in July 2016 by a number of military officers.


Turkish police have arrested more than 50,000 people accused of linked networks led by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen or Kurdish separatists.
Among them are opposition activists, journalists, teachers, lawyers and civil servants.
Erdogan also cleared the military, police and courts of people suspected of attempting a coup d'etat. They also prosecute many officials who are considered to be involved.
Ozil: Am I not to be polite?
However, after being criticized for his encounter with Turkish President Erdogan, last week, Gundogan, Ozil and other Turkish players, Cenk Tosun, defended themselves.
According to him, they met Erdogan on the sidelines of an event held by a Turkish foundation that helps Turkish students abroad.
"Should not we be polite to the Turkish president, who is our family home?" Ozil asked.
"Perhaps the criticism is true, but we do it because of the value of politeness as well as respect for the Turkish president who is our root."

Ozil and Gundogan met the German President after being criticized for taking pictures with Erdogan

23 May 2018 Ben Pengetauan Two Turkish national football players Mezut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan have met German President Frank-Walter Stei...