Turkey's lira hammered after Erdogan says wants greater economic control

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"That's why it's not good that global players allow themselves to be manipulated for his electoral campaign. It certainly hasn't helped the DFB's integration efforts".

The Arsenal and Manchester City players posed for photos on Sunday in London with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has taken an increasingly authoritarian stance in recent years.

Gundogan insisted after the controversy he "didn't want to make a political statement with this photo and even less so campaign" in the election.

There were angry protests on the streets of London as Mr Erdogan delivered a speech at the Chatham House think-tank.

Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and previous year held a summit of Islamic countries to denounce US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "This would be normal in any nation. if a footballer was invited by the president". Erdogan also said he also would be discussing regional and global issues with May.

German national team's coordinator Oliver Bierhoff said that he would talk with the players over the issue.

"They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we can not endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players".

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In an interview with Bloomberg Television broadcast on Tuesday, Erdogan said the central bank was independent but it can not ignore signals from the head of the executive once the switch to a presidential system is complete.

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to take greater control of the economy after presidential elections next month and the central bank will have to take note of what the president says and act accordingly.

Turkish football federation vice-president Servet Yardmici, an executive member of the UEFA Board, claimed Erdogan's meeting with the players was centred on "football chat".

Speaking on Tuesday, Germany coach Joachim Low said Ozil and Gundogan - both included in his initial World Cup squad - must learn from the Erdogan controversy.

"Such actions will increase tensions and insecurity in the world", Ali Larijani said, adding that they would not go "unanswered".

"I don't think we should involve them, they are Turkish but are playing for another national team".