I see both Arsenals Özil and Man City's Gündogan are in trouble here in Germany for posing with the Turkish President Erdogan. But our newest recruit, Cenk Tosun, was also seen posing with the politician whom some see as a dictator – who doesn't care about freedom of speech or freedom of press or human rights.
Obviously Tosun can't get in trouble with the German National team, but is it okay for an EFC Representative to pose with that guy? I for one would prefer our club's representatives keep away from politics – especially if they are being used for propaganda. Let's stick to football and get that right.
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1 Posted 15/05/2018 at 21:13:58
He has a reputation for helping improve the standard of living for the poorer classes who hold him in high esteem.
Wouldn't think there was too much to worry about being in his company then.
He is fairly close to the Muslim Clerics in Turkey which can get him a bad or cautious press in some places.
2 Posted 15/05/2018 at 21:18:27
In Turkey we are improving dramatically due to this acquisition - not dissimilar to Tim Cahill with Australia.
If Funes Mori can get away unpunished with his tweet that 'the Falklands are Argentine' when he plays for a club who lost supporters in that war to defend them then I think this shouldn't even register as a transgression, whatever your stance on the politics of it.
3 Posted 15/05/2018 at 21:23:04
4 Posted 15/05/2018 at 22:01:43
Make no mistake, Erdogan is a despicable character, but Tosun is Turkish and you can't blame him for this. This is a non-story.
6 Posted 16/05/2018 at 01:24:39
But they went because it was likely the only time they'd get to walk thru the White House. With that, lay off Tosun. He got to take a picture with Turkey's President, so did.
Erdogan's a bastard who will get his eventually. In a country still pretends the Armenian genocide (about which, the word genocide came about) wasn't "Really what happened."? Tosun's taking a picture doesn't amount to much.
7 Posted 16/05/2018 at 01:39:19
8 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:37:30
This Erdogan is an unscrupulous dictator who it seems, reading between the lines, staged a coup against himself as an excuse to decimate any opposition, real or imagined...file under borderline nut job.
Tell him to fuck off and given him the finger, yeah right, that'll stand you in good stead. Sometimes Politics...and football, can lead, however temporarily, to some strange bedfellows.
9 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:16:36
11 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:49:09
12 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:13:17
13 Posted 16/05/2018 at 18:03:36
Next thing there'll be players singing about God saving the head of state of a country whose prime minister went to war in Iraq, resulting in thousands of deaths, on a lie about WMDs.
14 Posted 16/05/2018 at 20:35:20
15 Posted 16/05/2018 at 20:52:27
Been offended for decades.
16 Posted 17/05/2018 at 12:55:42
Now that is offensive.
17 Posted 17/05/2018 at 12:59:40
18 Posted 20/05/2018 at 08:57:07
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