The holding midfielder started the 2-1 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia on the bench, but was soon made to feel pretty unwelcome by the Leverkusen crowd when he came on, with fans booing every time he touched the ball as per Sky Sports.
— Hecko Flores (@hecko90) June 8, 2018
It’s thought the bad reaction was down to a recent meet-and-greet with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Along with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Gundogan posed for photos with the controversial leader and referred to him as “my president” on social media.
Although Ozil and Gundogan were born in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, both players are of Turkish descent.
And it seems those comments have not gone down well with the DFB supporters, but it remains to be seen if the ill-will will be carried over into the tournament in Russia.
What do you think of the situation?