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Germany’s Scholz welcomes President Erdogan’s visit for Euro 2024 quarterfinal

Germany's Scholz welcomes President Erdogan's visit for Euro 2024 quarterfinal German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan March 14, 2023. (Reuters Photo)
By Newsroom
Jul 6, 2024 9:01 AM

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his enthusiasm for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Berlin this weekend. Erdogan is set to attend the Euro 2024 quarter-final clash between Türkiye and the Netherlands at the Olympiastadion.

“We are delighted to welcome President Erdogan and numerous other heads of state and government, along with several royal dignitaries who will be joining us for the games,” Chancellor Scholz remarked during a press briefing in Berlin.

Erdogan’s visit follows Türkiye’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Austria in the round of 16, securing their spot in the quarterfinals. They face off against the Netherlands on Saturday evening, kickstarting at 1900 GMT.

When asked about a potential meeting with President Erdogan, Chancellor Scholz acknowledged their frequent communications but noted scheduling challenges amidst the influx of international leaders visiting Germany for Euro 2024 matches.

“I maintain regular contact with President Erdogan, both through phone calls and meetings at international gatherings. However, with the current influx of leaders attending matches, bilateral meetings are selectively arranged, primarily coinciding with shared match attendance, ” he said.

Erdogan to support national team on the field

President Erdogan, expressing his support for Türkiye’s national team amidst recent controversies, including player Merih Demiral’s suspension for his celebratory gesture, reiterated his commitment to attending the match.

“Let us express our views within legal bounds and rally behind our players,” President Erdogan asserted.

I am confident that tomorrow, we will celebrate a victorious performance on the field

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Foreign Ministry has criticized UEFA’s decision to investigate Demiral’s actions, denouncing it as unjust and rejecting any politicization of cultural expressions during sporting events.

Such actions should not be misconstrued or politicized, as they are celebrations of cultural heritage and not aimed at any individual

Foreign Ministry

President Erdogan’s attendance at the EURO 2024 quarter-final in Berlin is expected to draw significant attention amid ongoing discussions surrounding sportsmanship and cultural expression in international football.

Last Updated:  Jul 7, 2024 5:29 PM