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Merkel tries to calm locker room visit hubbub

The Local · 21 Oct 2010, 08:10

Published: 21 Oct 2010 08:10 GMT+02:00

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The 56-year-old Chancellor paid an unscheduled visit to the home side's dressing room at Berlin's Olympic Stadium after their 3-0 victory over Turkey in a Euro 2012 qualifier on October 8.

She posed for pictures with Germany's star midfielder Mesut Özil, who has Turkish parents, and chatted to the 22-year-old who has been held up as a symbol of integration, which annoyed the country’s senior football figure.

German Football Federation (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger was irritated by the visit, which he said had been exploited by Merkel for political gains.

The chancellor's office would not confirm on Wednesday whether Merkel had apologised, but said she had acted to 'clear the air.'

"The events after the game were certainly not ideal, but in a telephone conversation with the Home Secretary and the Chancellor the day after the game we were able to sort the matter out," Zwanziger told SID, an AFP subsidiary. "The matter is now resolved as the chancellor and I have great trust in each other."

Images of the meeting, where Özil and other player are half-dressed, were reluctantly released to the media by national coach Joachim Löw, but Zwanziger has said integration issues in football should not be exploited by politicians.

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This is the first time the chancellor, a keen football fan and supporter of the national side, has been in trouble with team bosses.

Pictures of her celebrating Germany's third place at the 2006 World Cup, hosted here, boosted her popularity.


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Your comments about this article

08:39 October 21, 2010 by William Thirteen
she just needed a bit of the old beefcake!
10:34 October 21, 2010 by storymann
Angie is a big fan of the sport...an unannounced visit to the BOYS locker room was just what she needed....
11:20 October 21, 2010 by marimay
She doesn't like turks but she loves to look at them half-naked.

She looks like an ogre.
12:04 October 21, 2010 by SRaab
looks like her nips are standing up, i mean pointing down.
22:44 October 21, 2010 by wxman
I'm sure she was hoping to catch a towel drop.
16:06 October 22, 2010 by Eastman
What kind of idiots adviced her to do this? It doesn't look good!
03:39 October 23, 2010 by Raydoggy
I don't agree, I think there's something sexy about Angela. I don't know if it's her stoicism, intellect, or what. I know she isn't beautiful in a contemporary way, but she does have something special about her, maybe a timeless beauty. I'm glad she had a good chance to have a perve at the guys in the locker room, why shouldn't she have some perks in her job, after all, she is the most powerful female in the world. She seems real to me, not a populist and not a show pony. Good luck to her.
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