Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given his support to Mesut Ozil and says the “racist attitude” shown towards the player is not acceptable.

The 29-year-old Arsenal midfielder was criticised after being photographed with Erdogan at a London event in May.

Ozil quit the Germany national team, saying he has faced “racism and disrespect” over his Turkish roots.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) also offered its “full support to Mesut Ozil and his family”.

Meanwhile, Authorities in the ancestral Turkish town of football star Mesut Özil have erected a new street sign showing him posing with President Tayyip Erdogan.

The sign marking “Mesut Özil Avenue”, named in honour of the midfielder, replaces one picturing him wearing the international strip of Germany, the country of his birth.