Turkey’s Erdogan to attend Euro 2024 quarterfinals in Berlin amid diplomatic row

Turkey’s Erdogan is expected to attend the Euro 2024 quarterfinals on Saturday in Germany despite a recent row between Ankara and Berlin over a Turkish footballer, who signalled a nationalist gesture at a match. Germany condemned the behaviour, which drew criticism from Turkey accusing German authorities of xenophobia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be in Germany for his country's Euro 2024 quarter-final on Saturday, the presidency told AFP, as Ankara and Berlin trade barbs over a Turkish footballer's celebratory gesture.

Germany summoned Turkey's ambassador in Berlin on Thursday morning amid a spiralling diplomatic row which erupted after Turkish footballer Merih Demiral made an alleged ultra-nationalist hand sign during his team's win over Austria.

In a tweet announcing the move the German foreign ministry said that "as the host of Euro 2024 we want sport to bring people together".

A day earlier Turkey had summoned the German envoy in Ankara.

After scoring his second goal in Turkey's 2-1 victory over Austria on Tuesday Demiral made a gesture associated with Turkish ultra-nationalist group Grey Wolves.

While Erdogan himself has not yet weighed in on the row directly, several ministers and the spokesman of his ruling AKP party have condemned Faeser's reaction.


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