Mats Hummels criticises Germany fans for booing Ilkay Gundogan

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

It was, though, at least an improved performance following the loss to Austria in Klagenfurt.

Their buildup was dogged by the controversy surrounding Ozil and Gundogan after the players, who have Turkish roots, were booed in pre-World Cup friendlies for meeting Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan.

Germany internationals Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan's involvement in the ongoing row about a photo they had taken with Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, could influence Germany head coach Joachim Low's team selection, Oliver Bierhoff reveals.

The photo of the pair and President Erdogan has led to a major discussion in German society on the integration of Turkish immigrants amid tension between the two countries, amplified by the imprisonment of prominent journalist Deniz Yucel, who was locked away for over a year from February, 2017.

Beatrix von Storch, a lawmaker for Germany's far-right AfD party, posed a question on social media asking why Gundogan was playing for Germany if Erdogan was his president.

"He took a picture, yes, but he made no political statement".

"But my request is only to allow the players to focus on the tournament during the World Cup".

Ozil was an unused substitute during the match as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained against Austria.

"First of all, having a national player booed like that helps nobody".

It's not the first time Loew has criticized the behavior of fans.

"They are not our fans", Loew said at the time.

The DFB possibly enflamed the situation with its public admonishment of Gundogan and Ozil - DFB president Reinhard Grindel criticized both players and demanded an explanation.

Former Germany global Oliver Bierhoff believes that issues surrounding Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil could have a negative impact on the team.

But the jeering of Gundogan and the criticism and insults leveled at both players has indirectly affected other players in the team.

The players have handled the issue differently.

Forward Mario Gomez has appealed for the debate not to be blown out of proportion.

"I believe we started well. In the end, we were lucky to win", he said.

"Next week, we will go out with a more dynamic and vibrant performance".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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