Turkish FA hits back at Germany’s criticism of Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Istanbul: Turkey’s football chief on Tuesday condemned as “slanderous” and “unacceptable” German criticism of a meeting between top players of Turkish origin in Britain’s Premier League and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Germany internationals Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City, both of Turkish origin, met Erdogan late on Sunday during his three-day visit to Britain.
Mesut Ozil posing with Cenk Tosun and Ilkay Gundogan. Twitter: @MesutOzil1088Mesut Ozil posing with Cenk Tosun and Ilkay Gundogan. Twitter: @MesutOzil1088
Pictures of the meeting were then posted on the official Twitter account of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of 24 June presidential and parliamentary elections.German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel responded that international players should not let themselves be “manipulated” in Erdogan’s election campaign.
But Turkish Football Federation (TFF) chairman Yildirim Demiroren hit back by saying he had read Grindel’s “slanderous” postings “with great sadness”.