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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Mesut Ozil Speaks On Meeting With Turkey President Erdogan After German Criticism (Photo)

Mesut Ozil has finally spoken on his meeting with Turkey President Erdogan just before the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Ozil has defended his decision to meet with Erdogan prior to Germany's World Cup campaign and insists he was respecting his Turkish Heritage.


The Arsenal player and Ikay Gundogan were heavily criticised for posing for pictures with Erdogan amid frayed diplomatic relations between Germany and Turkey.


Fans and Public figures questionned their loyalty towards German democratic values as they helped Erdogan achieve a huge PR win ahead of an election that around 1.2 million people in Germany with Turkish backgrounds were eligible to vote in.


While Gundogan addressed the issue and insisted he was committed to German values.


However, Ozil was notable silent - until now, though he still refused to apologise for his decision to meet Erdogan.


“The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months," he wrote posted on Twitter. 


"Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened.


“Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey. I have two hears, one German and one Turkish.


“During my childhood, my mother taught me always to be respectful and to never forget where I came from, and these are still values that I think about to this day.


“In may, I met President Erdogan in London, during a charitable and educational event. We first met in 2010 after he and Angela Merkel watched the Germany vs Turkey match together in Berlin.


“Since then, out paths have crossed a lot of times around the globe. I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions.


“As I said, my mother has never let me lose sight of my ancestry, heritage and family traditions.


“For me, having a picture with President Erdogan wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country. My job is a football player and not a politician, and out meeting was not an endorsement of any policies.


“In fact, we spoke about the same topic that we do every time we have met – football – as he too was a player in his youth.


“Although the German media have portrayed something different, the truth is that not meeting with the President would have been disrespecting the roots of my ancestors, who I know would be proud of where I am today.


The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened.
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Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088)

July 22, 2018


“For me, it didn't matter who was President, it mattered that it was the President. Having respect for political office is a view I'm sure both the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May share when they too hosted Erdogan in London.


“Whether it had been the Turkish or German president, my actions would've been no different.


“I get that this might be hard to understand, as in most culturesthe political leader cannot be thought of as being separate from the person. But in this case, it is different.


“Whatever the outcome would've been in the previous election, or the election before that, I would have still taken the picture.”

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