Mezut Ozil Ties The Knot With Erdogan As Best Man

Mezut Ozil Ties The Knot With Erdogan As Best Man
By Aonghus Ó Maicín

Mezut Ozil married his partner, Amine Gulse, at a private ceremony last Friday, with Turkey's infamous president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the groom's best man.

The Arsenal midfielder sparked controversy last year when posing in pictures with the Turkish president whose relationship with Western countries has soured in recent times.

Ozil subsequently quit international football as a direct result of "racism and disrespect" stemming from his photograph with Erdogan.

The Arsenal midfielder had revealed that he asked Erdogan to be his best man earlier this year, and footage obtained by numerous international broadcasters, now shows that the Turkish leader accepted the offer.

Following the emergence of photographs of Ozil and Manchester City's Ilkay Gündogan presenting Erdogan with a jersey before last year's World Cup in Russia, the DFB (German Football Federation) were deeply critical of their players' actions.

"Football and the DFB defend values which are not sufficiently respected by Mr Erdogan," said DFB President Reinhard Grindel at the time.

That's why it's not good that our international players let themselves be manipulated for his electoral campaign. In doing that, our players have certainly not helped the DFB's work on integration.

That prompted Ozil to reply to his many critics in Germany:

I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.

Erdogan's appearance at the footballer's wedding, however, comes as no surprise, as the politician is famous for attending the weddings of Turkish celebrities, especially when elections are approaching.

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Moreover, this wedding comes ahead of a mayoral election in Istanbul due to take place on June 23.

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