Two men who threatened to ‘kill’ Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and defile his mother as they threatened his security guards have been arraigned before a court in North London.
The suspects Salaman Ekinci and Ferhat Ercun deny behaving in a threatening or abusive manner outside the north London home of the Gunners midfielder.
According to Sky Sports, security guard Kemil Sezer told Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday that he and a colleague had been protecting the World Cup winner for several weeks after an unrelated attack on the midfielder.
Assisted by a Turkish interpreter, he told the court he first saw two men around 7.30 pm on August 8 last year before they returned around three hours later when it was dark.
“They swore in Turkish, saying ‘f*** your mothers, we’re going to f*** Mesut’s mother and 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.”
Asked by prosecutor Sarah Gabay how he felt, he said:
“Stressed … Mesut Ozil is loved by the Turkish people.
“We have that responsibility on us to protect him.“
Ozil, 31, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany, is of Turkish heritage and was not present at the hearing.
Ekinci and Ercun, both 27, and both of Tottenham, north London, appeared at the trial dressed smartly in dark suits and waistcoats for trial over the alleged incident.
Ms Gabay said Ekinci and Ercun were detained by the guards after they returned for a third time after midnight before police were called.
“In interview both defendants denied using the language and said they had been no conversation between them and said they had been attacked by the security guards.”
Recall that in July 2019, Ozil and his Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac were attacked by two men wielding knives in London.
Ozil’s Mercedes Benz G-Class was ambushed by the robbers on a motorbike as he drove through a street in London around 5 pm.
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