Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the perfect man at German footballer Mesut Ozil’s his marriage ceremony on Friday.
Ozil, who has Turkish roots, sparked a furore when he posed in photographs with Mr Erdogan earlier than the World Cup final yr.
He then give up worldwide soccer, citing the “racism and disrespect” he’d skilled over the photographs in Germany.
The 30-year-old Arsenal midfielder married his fiancee, former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse, at a luxurious lodge on the banks of the Bosphorus.
The couple first began courting in 2017, and introduced their engagement in June 2018.
Ozil had introduced in March this yr that he’d requested Mr Erdogan to be his finest man – which, once more, sparked criticism in his residence nation.
Helge Braun, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of workers, informed Bild newspaper on the time that it “makes one unhappy” that Ozil would make such a alternative, given the response to his assembly with the Turkish president final yr.
Mr Erdogan in the meantime reportedly typically attends movie star marriages in Turkey, particularly throughout election campaigns.
His attendance at Ozil’s marriage ceremony comes forward of a re-run of mayoral elections in Istanbul. The earlier outcome – which noticed his AKP candidate narrowly defeated – was annulled, prompting worldwide criticism.
What occurred final yr?
The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his nation’s 2014 World Cup-winning aspect.
He has 92 caps and followers have voted him the nationwide workforce’s participant of the yr 5 instances since 2011.
However in Could final yr Ozil sparked a nationwide controversy when he posed alongside the Turkish chief forward of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, prompting some in Germany to ask questions on the place his loyalty lay.
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The criticism worsened after the German workforce – the defending champions – crashed out within the first spherical.
After the humiliating defeat, Ozil posted a prolonged assertion asserting his resignation from the nationwide workforce.
He mentioned he had obtained hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup in Russia this summer season.
“I’m German once we win, however I’m an immigrant once we lose,” Ozil mentioned, including that regardless of his profitable historical past with the workforce, the way in which he was handled made him “not wish to put on the German nationwide workforce shirt”.