Premier League Stars Under Fire for Posing With Turkey's President Recep Erdogan

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The president of the Turkish Football Federation has branded comments made by his German counterpart with regard to a meeting between Germany internationals Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan with Turkish president Recep Erdogan as "unacceptable".

On Tuesday he softened his stance slightly, insisting that "both players (Ozil and Gundogan) know they made a mistake".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Tuesday over the phone with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad over recent developments at the Gaza border.

Erdogan's comments, in an interview with Bloomberg Television in London, reinforced long-standing concerns about the president's drive to shape monetary policy and blunt the central bank's ability to rein in double-digit inflation.

The two leaders also discussed upcoming OIC summit in Istanbul.

German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel responded that worldwide players should not let themselves be "manipulated" in Erdogan's election campaign.

TFF president Tildirim Demiroren said it was "disturbing" to read tweets posted on DFB president Reinhard Grindel's social media account, in which he claimed the pair had been "abused" into bolstering Erdogan's current re-election campaign. "To my dear president, with my respects", Gundogan wrote on his.

"That's why it's not good that our global players let themselves be manipulated for his electoral campaign".

Oliver Biehroff, Germany's team coordinator, added the DFB will discuss the issue with Gundogan and Ozil, although he suggested neither was aware of the symbolism of the pictures.

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

Meanwhile Low, who had been rumored to be on Arsenal's list of potential successors for Arsene Wenger, signed a two-year extension which will keep in charge of the national team through to the 2022 World Cup.

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