Tosun in 'interesting' company...

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I see both Arsenals Özil and Man City's Gündogan are in trouble here in Germany for posing with the Turkish President Erdogan. But our newest recruit, Cenk Tosun, was also seen posing with the politician whom some see as a dictator – who doesn't care about freedom of speech or freedom of press or human rights.

Obviously Tosun can't get in trouble with the German National team, but is it okay for an EFC Representative to pose with that guy? I for one would prefer our club's representatives keep away from politics – especially if they are being used for propaganda. Let's stick to football and get that right.

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Phil Wood
1 Posted 15/05/2018 at 21:13:58
As far as I know he was legally elected to power in Turkey.
He has a reputation for helping improve the standard of living for the poorer classes who hold him in high esteem.
Wouldn't think there was too much to worry about being in his company then.
He is fairly close to the Muslim Clerics in Turkey which can get him a bad or cautious press in some places.
Lee Mandaracas
2 Posted 15/05/2018 at 21:18:27
We can't have it both ways Kevin. We want our players front of house when it benefits the club and we want more media presence. The more they're seen the stronger our brand.

In Turkey we are improving dramatically due to this acquisition - not dissimilar to Tim Cahill with Australia.

If Funes Mori can get away unpunished with his tweet that 'the Falklands are Argentine' when he plays for a club who lost supporters in that war to defend them then I think this shouldn't even register as a transgression, whatever your stance on the politics of it.

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 15/05/2018 at 21:23:04
Erdogan is said to have jailed thousands of members of the police, military, judiciary,civil service, media, teaching profession. Tosun better off out of that sort of company.
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 15/05/2018 at 22:01:43
Oh come on! A Turkish national poses with the Turkish President. Did you really expect him to swerve it?

Make no mistake, Erdogan is a despicable character, but Tosun is Turkish and you can't blame him for this. This is a non-story.

James Flynn
6 Posted 16/05/2018 at 01:24:39
There is a long-standing tradition here where teams that win titles get to go to our White House for a tour and photos with the President. No doubt, many, many, along the way, didn't like the guy they were posing with.

But they went because it was likely the only time they'd get to walk thru the White House. With that, lay off Tosun. He got to take a picture with Turkey's President, so did.

Erdogan's a bastard who will get his eventually. In a country still pretends the Armenian genocide (about which, the word genocide came about) wasn't "Really what happened."? Tosun's taking a picture doesn't amount to much.

Ron Marr
7 Posted 16/05/2018 at 01:39:19
... until the current president. Warriors did not go.
Derek Thomas
8 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:37:30
He's Turkish, he has to have a bob each way politically in case he wants to go back there one day.

This Erdogan is an unscrupulous dictator who it seems, reading between the lines, staged a coup against himself as an excuse to decimate any opposition, real or imagined...file under borderline nut job.

Tell him to fuck off and given him the finger, yeah right, that'll stand you in good stead. Sometimes Politics...and football, can lead, however temporarily, to some strange bedfellows.

Ray Jacques
9 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:16:36
Turkish footballer has photo taken with Turkish President, so what? This is a non-story, move on.
Mark Boullé
11 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:49:09
Might have been his last chance too. I've been in Istanbul on business this week (my Everton shirt I've worn in the evenings has proved a good talking point!) and found out Turkey has elections next month. Nobody I've spoken to likes Erdogan or wants him to stay on...
Andrew Ellams
12 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:13:17
Mark Boulle, he'll still win. But the Tosun story is a non issue. Nobody said he enjoyed it but I'm guessing he still has family in a country where people have been made to disappear.
Shane Corcoran
13 Posted 16/05/2018 at 18:03:36

Next thing there'll be players singing about God saving the head of state of a country whose prime minister went to war in Iraq, resulting in thousands of deaths, on a lie about WMDs.

Peter Howard
14 Posted 16/05/2018 at 20:35:20
Philip Carter had his picture taken with Margaret Thatcher.
Dermot Byrne
15 Posted 16/05/2018 at 20:52:27
Did you know Terry Darracot was once in a photo with the Chilean dictator.

Been offended for decades.

Peter Gorman
16 Posted 17/05/2018 at 12:55:42
Sam Allardyce was once in a photo with an Everton badge.

Now that is offensive.

Jay Wood

17 Posted 17/05/2018 at 12:59:40
I like, Peter! I like!
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 20/05/2018 at 08:57:07
I'm just glad it wasn't Niasse on the photo.

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