"Who knows both players, who knows they are against terror and war": the national coach protects his players. On Instagram, as a controversial Jubelbildes, Joachim Loew sees no political statement.
National coach Joachim Loew has defended German football international Ilkay Gundogan and Emre Can after his Instagram likes a controversial applause from the Turkish national team. "If you know both players, they know they are against terror and war, and they both made it clear that it was not a political statement," Loew said after a 3-0 (0-0) win in the European Championship qualifiers. . in Estonia and added, "This is also good for me."
DFB Stars: Ilkay Gündogan (left) and Emre Can are challenged with the national team in the European Championship qualifiers. (Source: imago images)
Background is Turkey's offensive in Syria
Gundogan and Can caused a stir in their Likes only on social networks. In a 1-0 draw on Friday against Albania, several Turkish internationals hailed after the goal of Cenk Tosun's victory in honorary position. The background is the offensive launched Wednesday night by Turkey against the Syrian Kurdish militia in northern Syria.
"Both players wanted to congratulate the scorer," said Löw, referring to scorer Gündogan: "The best statement Ilkay made on the pitch was that he led the midfield team well." Gündogan and Can denied a political basis for their likes on Instagram.