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Turkey President, Erdogan Serves As Best Man At Footballer Mesut Ozil’s Wedding

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey President was the best man at German and Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil’s wedding on Friday. Recall that Ozil, who has Turkish roots, sparked outrage when he posed in photos with Mr Erdogan before the World Cup last year, 2018.

He then quit international football, citing the “racism and disrespect” he’d experienced over the photos in Germany.
The 30-year-old Arsenal midfielder married his fiancee, former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse, at a luxury hotel on the banks of the Bosphorus.

Ozil had announced in March this year that he’d asked Mr Erdogan to be his best man which, again, sparked criticism in his home country. This made Helge Braun, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, told Bild newspaper at the time that it “makes one sad” that Ozil would make such a choice, given the reaction to his meeting with the Turkish president last year.

The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country’s 2014 World Cup-winning side. He has 92 caps and fans have voted him the national team’s player of the year five times since 2011.

But in May last year Ozil sparked a nationwide controversy when he posed alongside the Turkish leader ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, prompting some in Germany to ask questions about where his loyalty lay.

“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil said, adding that despite his successful history with the team, the way he was treated made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.

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