Ozil in trouble with German FA over photo with controversial Turkey president

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been criticised by the German football association (DFB) after he posed for a photo with controversial Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ozil, who is of Turkish descent, was snapped with Erdogan, who is in England for a state visit.

He was joined by Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, another German of Turkish descent, and Everton and Everton striker Cenk Tosun, who was born in Germany.

Reinhard Grindel, DFB president, suggested he was disappointed in the Arsenal man.

He criticised the meeting because the DFB does not agree with the political standpoint of Erdogan.

Turkey has frequently come under fire for alleged human rights violations while Erdogan has been president, reports Football London.

In a statement, Grindel 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.

"Therefore, it is not a good thing that our internationals have let themselves be exploited for his election campaign stunt. It certainly hasn’t helped the DFB’s integration efforts."

German team co-ordinator Oliver Bierhoff added: "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.

"They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we cannot endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players."

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