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Ozil quits international football over ‘racism, disrespect’ from German DFB

Ozil quits international football over ‘racism, disrespect’ from German DFB
July 23
10:06 2018
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Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect due to “racism and disrespect” he has suffered.

The German midfielder was made the scapegoat for Germany’s shambolic performance at the just-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 29-year-old was criticised for meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.

He was slammed for his performances in Russia as Germany went out in the group stages.

The Arsenal player released the statement in three separate tweets across the day on Sunday and said that he couldn’t bring himself to wear the Germany shirt any more.

“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 whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” he said.

“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany.

“But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda then enough is enough.

“That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted.”

 

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