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A Pair of Photo Ops Blurs the Lines Between Athlete and Activist

Austin Duckworth
Board of Contributors
Oct 1, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
The Turkish city of Zonguldak used a photo of German soccer star Mesut Ozil posing with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a ceremony in which a city street was named for the footballer, who has Turkish ancestry.

People in the Turkish city of Zonguldak gather on July 24, 2018, during a street-naming ceremony honoring German soccer star Mesut Ozil, who has Turkish ancestry. The billboard pictures Ozil posing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It reads, 'Mesut Ozil Street.'

(AFP/Getty Images)

Posing for pictures with controversial leaders put soccer stars Mesut Ozil and Mohamed Salah in political pickles not of their choosing....

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