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Mesut Özil‏ Quits German National team, Says “Racism Should Never be Accepted”


Mesut Özil

Mesut Özil has quit the German football team shortly after returning from the just concluded World Cup in Russia.

The Arsenal Star too the decision following what he considers as “racist and disrespect” criticism and attacks from the media in Germany.

The 29-year-old says he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup, reports BBC.

He further stated that he was criticised after taking a photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event in May.

Ozil pose with President of Turkey, Erdogan in London (Photo: BBC)

“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil said.

German football chiefs have yet to respond to Ozil’s claims.

Ozil said his recent treatment made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.

He shared a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account, citing that the German Football Association, DFB, was among those to criticise him after he was photographed with Erdogan.

“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” the player said.

“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

 

Read the full note below:

 

 

It can be recalled that Ozil was part of the German Football team which won the World Cup in 2014

He made his debut in the national team in 2009 and has 92 caps and has been voted the national team’s player of the year five times since 2011 by fans.

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Written by Prince Simeon

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