Chancellor Angela Merkel and former national team captain Philipp Lahm have spoken out in defence of Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan after the pair were booed by fans in Germany's World Cup warm-up matches.
Gundogan and Ozil have come under fire in the German media and among fans following pictures of them meeting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It seemed like everybody was waiting until Ilkay had the ball to boo him.
The photo of the two Germany internationals and the Turkish president has led to a major discussion in German society on the integration of Turkish immigrants amid tension between the two states, amplified by the imprisonment of prominent journalist Deniz Yucel, who was locked away for over a year from February 2017.
Erdogan is hoping to cement his grip on power in an election this month and some 1.4 million expatriate Turks are eligible to vote in Germany.
Ozil was an unused substitute during the match as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained against Austria.
"I have no concerns after this game", said Germany coach Joachim Loew. Loew was incensed with supporters in Prague during World Cup qualifying last September when a group of around 200 chanted Nazi slogans and abusive chants.
But the jeering of Gundogan didn't appear to be restricted to right-wing hooligans.
Gundogan handed over a City shirt with the message "to my president, with my respects", which led to criticism, including from politicians and DFB (German Football Association) chief Reinhard Grindel.
Former Germany worldwide Oliver Bierhoff believes that issues surrounding Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil could have a negative impact on the team.
The DFB prides itself on Germany's multicultural team, but a spotlight has now been directed on the dedication of players with roots from outside the country such as Sami Khedira, Antonio Ruediger and Jerome Boateng.
"I believe we started well. For that we need Illy, we need Mesut", Gomez said.
"Next week, we will go out with a more dynamic and vibrant performance".