Turkey's Erdogan in United Kingdom, praises country as 'real friend'

Turkey's Erdogan in United Kingdom, praises country as 'real friend'

Turkey's Erdogan in United Kingdom, praises country as 'real friend'

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.

German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel responded that worldwide players should not let themselves be "manipulated" in Erdogan's election campaign. "Our players have not helped our integration work".

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.

Erdogan was also deeply critical of US President Donald Trump´s decision this month to withdraw Washington from the Iran nuclear deal.

"The thoughts expressed by the DFB president are absolutely unacceptable", Demiroren said in a TFF statement.

The pictures, taken in London on Sunday and published by Erdogan's ruling AK Party, show Ozil and Gundogan standing next to the president, all three beaming, and giving him shirts from their English clubs - Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

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Former Germany global Oliver Bierhoff, now team co-ordinator at the DFB, warned Ozil and Gundogan that their appearance alongside Erdogan would be discussed if and when they report to the squad before the World Cup.

The Turkish president added that a "big rally" would be held in Istanbul on Friday over the violence in Gaza. Many German politicians have also criticised the footballers, questioning their loyalty to German democratic values. "For its part, the Turkish Football Federation in no way will participate in such behaviour and will continue to comply with the rules set out by UEFA until the last moment of the UEFA EURO 2024 voting".

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.

PM's spokesman said: 'Our close relationship with Turkey allows us to have frank discussions and you can expect that the Prime Minister will raise human rights during talks tomorrow.

"I don't think we should involve them, they are Turkish but are playing for another national team". The main question is whether the two German national players still fit into our German team.

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