Erdogan defends footballer Ozil ahead of Germany trip

Erdogan defends footballer Ozil ahead of Germany trip
 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Mesut Ozil, a German footballer with Turkish roots who has faced criticism for posing in photos with Turkey's leader.
Ozil, 29, quit international football in July, citing "racism and disrespect" towards him in Germany over the photos.
But President Erdogan said: "Should we lynch a German player who plays in our country when he takes a photo with Frau Merkel [the German chancellor]?"
Mr Erdogan will visit Germany this week to try to mend strained bilateral ties.
In March 2017, Mr Erdogan compared German officials to Nazis. The insult... read more

 
26 September 2018 in World News, Views: 33
Source: BBC
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