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The DFB (The German Football Federation) has criticised German internationals Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan for posing in photos with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's lira slid to a record low and bond yields briefly touched their highest in at least eight years on Tuesday, after President Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to take greater control of the economy after elections next month.

He has also called for a snap poll on 24 June.

"The DFB of course respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stands for values that Mr Erdogan does not sufficiently respect", said DFB chief Reinhard Grindel.

"That is why it is not good for our national players to be abused by his campaign manoeuvres".

The duo, who play for Arsenal and Manchester City respectively, were both born in the German city of Gelsenkirchen and chose to represent their country of birth even though they both are of Turkish descent. "In doing that, our players have certainly not helped the DFB's work on integration", he added. Turks narrowly backed a switch to an executive presidency in a referendum a year ago.

"German authorities casually meet and pose with a person who is accused of espionage in Turkey as the German president did", he said.

"It is a bad mistake to mix politics with football as can be seen from the German president's example".




Erdogan had a meeting with Theresa may and Queen Elizabeth II.

Dundar, who now resides in Germany, was sentenced in Turkey for revealing state secrets after his newspaper, Cumhuriyet, published a story about Turkish intelligence vehicles allegedly carrying weapons to rebels in Syria in 2015.

Turkish and German officials have been in a war of words in recent years. "The president of an global German footballer is called Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his chancellor Angela Merkel and his parliament the Bundestag, the headquarters of which are in Berlin and not Ankara", he said, according to The Local. Ankara accuses Berlin of supporting "terrorism", while Germany has denounced the deterioration of democratic and human rights in Turkey.

May said Britain's relationship with Turkey was indispensable, praising the impact of security cooperation and the prospect of close post-Brexit trade ties.

"Them courting Erdogan as their president while Turkey persecutes democrats and journalists is a gross foul", said Dagdelen.

Erdogan said he had requested from the United Kingdom to extradite whom he called "terrorists".

While Turkey has cooperated with the European Union in tackling the refugee crisis, critics have said that Erdogan's government has arrested or sacked more than 100,000 state workers and members of the military in the wake of the coup attempt, accusing them of links to the Gulen movement, which Ankara blames for the attempted putsch.

Erdogan's government says the crackdown follows the rule of law and aims to remove coup supporters from state institutions and other parts of society.

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