DFB chief slams Ozil, Gundogan photos with Turkish president

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Two hearts sometimes beat in players with an immigrant background.

"It is a bad mistake to mix politics with football as can be seen from the German president's example".

Gundogan insisted after the controversy he "didn't want to make a political statement with this photo and even less so campaign" in the election.

"We've always been clear that we want Turkey to uphold its global obligations, including respect for freedom of expression and political freedoms", he said. Both have done a lot for integration in Germany.

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. "Both are aware that they made a mistake, I believe. but through what happened in London, the dividing factors were highlighted".

"A picture is also a symbol", Bierhoff said, explaining the squad would be briefed to prevent anything similar from happening at the tournament. Both Germany worldwide were pictured greeting Erdogan at Turkey's London embassy, alongside with Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, as the politician arrived in England ahead of a meeting with United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May.

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Ilkay Gundogan, left, with Mesut Ozil, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Cenk Tosun. Gundogan said. "Despite the criticism, out of respect for the office and our Turkish roots, and also as German citizens, we opted for an act of courtesy".

Mr Erdogan continued to blast the actions of the US President by insisting the Iran nuclear deal should be "preserved". As Germany internationals, we own up to the values of the DFB and are aware of our responsibility.

"The president of an global German footballer is called Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his chancellor Angela Merkel and his parliament the Bundestag, the headquarters of which are in Berlin and not Ankara", Ozdemir told AFP subsidiary SID.

"So it's completely normal that he meets three Turkish-origin footballers born in Germany", Demiroren added.

The Egyptian foreign ministry, in a statement expressing "strong denunciation" of Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, said Cairo "totally supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and first and foremost its right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital".

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