The Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was hounded by the German press before the World Cup because he was snapped with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and then he was blamed for the Germans’ awful showing at the big competition. That argument ran and ran right into the new season, and it looks like the fury of the German media gas been reignited once again.
The Independent reports this morning….
The Arsenal midfielder, who is of Turkish descent, resigned from the German national team when he claimed he was a victim of racism after being criticised for his public support of Mr Erdoğan.
German politicians spoke out after he was pictured with Amine Gulse, his fiancée, meeting Mr Erdoğan at Istanbul airport last week.
‘Bild’, the country’s biggest-selling newspaper, carried reports of their wedding invitation on its front page.
“The fact this is still going on will disappoint a lot of football fans, including me,” said Helge Braun, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff.
“This is still going on”? What is “going on”?. He is of Turkish descent. He is getting married, in Turkey, to another very famous Turkish lady. Why can’t he invite whoever he likes to his wedding, which will probably be one of the biggest weddings of the year over there.
I don’t see why any of this should annoy any German football fan, or politician, in fact!
Or am I wrong?