Two top German football players made a mistake by posing for a photo with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman and national coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday, amid concerns over Turkey's human rights record.
Ozil who plays for Arsenal and Manchester City's Gundogan met with President Erdogan who was visiting the United Kingdom for as part of an official trip in London on Sunday.
The Queen had held a private audience with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Buckingham Palace. Everton striker and Turkey worldwide Cenk Tosun also attended the event.
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Reinhard Grindel said on Monday on Twitter that "football and the DFB stand for values that Mr. Erdogan doesn't sufficiently observe". That's why it's not good that our global players let themselves be manipulated for his electoral campaign. "It certainly hasn't helped the DFB's integration efforts", he said in a statement. The presentation took place at an event in London on Sunday, which saw the two Premier League stars join up with Cenk Tosun, Everton's new Turkish forward. "When you play for Germany you represent German values", Loew said at a news conference to name his provisional squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation.
"I still have absolutely no doubts about Mesut and Ilkay's commitment to playing for the Germany national team and how much they identify with our values", he explained.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder scored the victor four years ago as Germany defeated Argentina in extra time to claim its fourth title but has struggled with injuries over the last couple of years.