Turkey’s Erdogan is finest man at footballer Mesut Ozil’s marriage ceremony

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the most effective man at German footballer Mesut Ozil’s marriage ceremony on Friday.

Ozil, who has Turkish roots, sparked a furore when he posed in pictures with Mr Erdogan earlier than the World Cup final yr.

He then stop worldwide soccer, citing the “racism and disrespect” he’d skilled over the pictures in Germany.

The 30-year-old Arsenal midfielder married his fiancee, former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse, at a luxurious resort on the banks of the Bosphorus.

The couple first began relationship 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 dwelling nation.

Helge Braun, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of employees, advised Bild newspaper on the time that it “makes one unhappy” that Ozil would make such a selection, given the response to his assembly with the Turkish president final yr.

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President Erdogan and his spouse Emine (proper) posed for pictures with the newlyweds

Mr Erdogan in the meantime reportedly usually attends superstar 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.

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The couple obtained married on the banks of the Bosphorus

After the humiliating defeat, Ozil posted a prolonged assertion saying his resignation from the nationwide workforce.

He stated he had obtained hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup in Russia this summer time.

“I’m German after we win, however I’m an immigrant after we lose,” Ozil stated, including that regardless of his profitable historical past with the workforce, the way in which he was handled made him “now not wish to put on the German nationwide workforce shirt”.

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