Effenberg: 'The FA must expel Ozil and Gundogan'

Pin Effenberg is calling for the expulsion of the two players. AFP
Effenberg is calling for the expulsion of the two players. AFP

Effenberg: 'The FA must expel Ozil and Gundogan'

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Steffan Effenberg, the ex-German international, believes that Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan should be expelled from 'Der Mannschaft' following their recent and controversial meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"When you rely upon a certain set of values as the German national team supposedly do, the only decision you have left is to get rid of the two players. With myself and Uli Stein they didn't react in the same way. I don't see a distinction between the two." the ex-player blurted out in an interview with 'T-Online'.

Effenberg chose his words in a way to highlight his memories of being sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the United States for an 'obscene' public gesture ahead of the game with South Korea in Dallas,

Berti Vogts, the German manager at the time, affirmed that he would never wear the German shirt as long as he was in the post, but both left their national team on friendly terms.

However, Effenberg stood up for Özil and Gündogan: "It must not be easy for the two of them, being criticised for things at the minute which are nothing to do with football. But I want to make one thing clear, I thought that the expulsion would be the consecuence, but I don't see why the tabloids keep bringing it up still. The decision has been made."

Likewise, the former international came to the defence of the Man City midfielder: "Gundogan was booed by the crowd against Saudi Arabia. That's the worst thing that can happen to you. It happened to me in 1994. You start to question yourself: Is it worth the hassle to wear this shirt?

"How long will it go on for? Will it only be for a match or will it be more? It's an intense situation to be in."

The Manchester City midfielder endured a huge amount of abuse when he went onto the pitch to subsitute Marco Reus, provoking a reaction from Joachim Low which gained plaudits from his fans. Gundogan in particular has borne the brunt of the abuse after he referred to Erdogan as 'my president'. In addition, with Ozil sitting out the most recent warm up games through injury, he is yet to face the wrath of any fans whilst on the pitch. 

The controversial photo of Ozil and Gundogan with the Turkish President Erdogan is indicative of a debate that is alive and well among and German newspapers warn that controversy could be poltical during the World Cup.

The debate about Ozil and Gundogan, both of Turkish origin, is a threat to German national identity that has been around for the last decade."

However, despite the furore surrounding the two players, the mood in the German camp remains positive with the focus solely on the footballing side of things. 

Earlier in the week, Toni Kroos told reporters: "The mood is basically really good. Of course, the topic will have occupied the two. But I have a good impression of both of them and the feeling in the team is that it's no longer an issue.

"What is talked about in talk shows may not interest us here. We are here to play football."

At one point, even Angela Merkel saw fit to weigh in, offering her defence to the two players. 

"They didn't want to disappoint anyone, especially not German fans in any way," the Chancellor said.

Gundogan and Ozil are both likely to form a key part of Germany's side as they look to defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil four years ago. Their campaign gets underway against Mexico in Moscow on Sunday. 

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