Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil gestures as he sits on the sphere in the course of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F soccer match between Germany and Mexico on the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
Two males threatened to “kill” Mesut Ozil after they confronted the Arsenal midfielder’s safety guards, a London courtroom heard on Tuesday.
The alleged incident occurred outdoors Ozil’s north London residence simply weeks after the previous World Cup winner was focused by moped attackers whereas driving within the space.
Security guard Kemil Sezer informed the courtroom that he and a colleague had been defending Ozil, who was inside the home on the time, for a number of weeks.
Salaman Ekinci and Ferhat Ercun deny behaving in a threatening or abusive method outdoors the home.
Assisted by a Turkish interpreter, Sezer informed the Magistrates Court he first noticed two males on the night of August 8 final yr earlier than they returned round three hours later when it was darkish.
Sezer stated the lads informed him: “We’re going to come back in five minutes and if security don’t go from here, we’re going to kill Mesut Ozil and kill you’.
“We started chasing them … we got angry because Mesut Ozil, about two to three weeks prior, was attacked and we feared that the same thing would happen.”
Ozil, who performed worldwide soccer for Germany however is of Turkish heritage, didn’t seem on the listening to.
Ekinci and Ercun, each 27, have been current.
Asked by prosecutor Sarah Gabay how he felt, Sezer stated: “Stressed. Mesut Ozil is loved by the Turkish people.
“We have that responsibility on us to protect him.”
The threats got here round two weeks after Ozil and Arsenal team-mate Sead Kolasinac have been ambushed by moped muggers who tried unsuccessfully to steal their £200,000 watches in an unrelated incident.
Gabay stated the pair have been detained by the guards, who additionally had safety canines, after they returned for a 3rd time shortly after midnight earlier than police have been referred to as.
“In an interview, both defendants denied using the language and said there had been no conversation between them and said they had been attacked by the security guards,” she stated.