Tallinn (dpa) – In his main activity as a footballer, Ilkay Gundogan has clearly figured in Tallinn. Teammate Emre Can failed with his red card.
But the sporting appearance of the duo in the German national team during the 3-0 defeat of Estonia did not cover the fact that the two Turkish professionals of the national team and the association with the reaction withdrawn " Like "a secluded image greeting the Turkish kicker hailing Impose a photo affair. An effect without learning photos Erdoğan Mesut Özil and Gündogan at the World Cup in summer 2018.
After midnight, no one in the Tallinn arena spoke about the mistake, nor Gundogan nor Can or Joachim Loew. The national coach even estimated that Gündogan, 28, had been the scorer and the winner of the match twice "had given the best statement on the pitch with his match". "He excellently passed the midfield team," said Löw. There was nothing wrong with that, but it was not the answer.
Oliver Bierhoff, director of DFB, also said at the beginning: "I do not see it so critically." It was only a few hours away that the former European Champion, via the DFB website, was strengthened. "We talked to the players after the match and they know that it was a mistake," Bierhoff said, recalling the role model played by the players of the national team: "They must be aware of the great responsibility and impact of each of their statements and actions, especially on social networks ".
This effect seemed to surprise enough Gundogan and Can on the eve of Tallinn. "The stories of these days are made in a striking way," said Gündogan in his personal defense speech. "The media always critically interpret," Can complains in the microphones of German journalists. Gündogan and Can, alongside Bierhoff and Löw, claimed that they had greeted the army with the applause of their friend Cenk Tosun after his 1-0 win against Albania on Instagram with a "Like".
However, in the light of the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria, the death knell of the Salvation Jubilee could not be reduced to congratulating Tosun. Gundogan himself called the problematic of similar action, which was at best unthinking: "In the end, it is always a question of interpretation: you interpret it as you wish it."
The Turkish Football Federation clearly interpreted the picture. The military salute of Tosun and his colleagues was dedicated to the Turkish soldiers deployed during the Friedensquelle operation. The military mission in northern Syria is strongly condemned internationally, also by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).
Among the "200,000 other people" who would have compared the image on the Internet, including "footballers from around the world", they were only two "chosen", lamented Gündogan. "It's a pity," said the professional born in Gelsenkirchen.
"Emre and I are both consistent against any terror and war, no matter where in the world it takes place, so it was supposed to be purely friend support." Can affirm: "I pray every day for peace in the world".
Bierhoff campaigned for clemency among players in Tallinn and said: "No one can expect that to take such a dimension." This statement surprised the photos showing Özil and Gündogan alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ahead of the 2018 World Cup. They sparked an intense public debate, whistled against the duo in international matches and culminated after the disaster. the German Football World Cup at the break between Özils and Germany and the DFB.
Gündogan is given more insightful and continues to wear the national jersey. "Of course, I'm incredibly happy to be able to help the team," said the scorer twice, who had also prepared Timo Werner's number three goal.
The crisis management of the DFB in Tallinn did not work. Bierhoff seemed helpless after a first conversation with the players after the final whistle. "They were both sitting in the cabin after the match," said the 51-year-old. The association always likes to emphasize the particular social function of the emblematic figure of Nationalelf. Special attention is paid to the external effect.
The often spontaneous contributions of the players on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram present risks. After a period of reflection, DFB Director Bierhoff announced new training measures: "We must continue to sharpen the senses of our players only to manage social networks." There must be no room for interpretation. "