Mesut Ozil, citing 'racism', quits Germany side after World Cup debacle

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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    Mesut Ozil said Sunday he was quitting the German national football team, citing 'racism' in the criticism of him after the side's World Cup debacle.

    Ozil, who has Turkish roots, had been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's squad ahead of the tournament in Russia.

    In a four-page statement sent out in three images on Twitter and Instagram, an angry Ozil saved his bombshell for the final salvo.

    "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.

    The Arsenal midfielder blamed the German Football Federation (DFB) for failing to defend him against his most strident critics.

    "Arguably the issue that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB, and in particular the DFB President Richard Grindel," he said.

    He said that Grindel and Germany coach Joachim Loew had asked him to give a "joint statement to end all the talk and set the record straight" over the picture with Erdogan.

    "Whilst I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage, ancestry and therefore reasoning behind the photo, he was far more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion."

    Ozil, 29, said he had been unfairly blamed in Germany for the side's shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.

    "I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his (Grindel's) incompetence and inability to do his job properly," he said.

    "In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose."

    Ozil had said earlier that he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Erdogan.

    'I have two hearts'
    "Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey," he said.

    "I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish."

    Ozil said that despite the timing of the picture with teammate Ilkay Gundogan and Erdogan — shortly before the president won re-election in a poll endowing him with sweeping new powers — "it wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country".

    "My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies," Ozil added.

    Germany is home to more than three million people of Turkish origin.

    Manchester City midfielder Gundogan presented Erdogan with a signed club shirt on which he had written "to my president".

    The two players were booed by German fans in pre-World Cup friendlies over their appearance with the Turkish strongman, and Ozil said Sunday that he had his family had received threats.

    After the tournament, Ozil came in for stinging criticism by DFB officials and German politicians across the spectrum.

    'Right-wing propaganda'
    Ozil said he could abide criticism of his performance on the pitch but not when it was linked to his ethnic background.

    "If a newspaper or pundit finds fault in a game I play in, then I can accept this," he said.

    "But what I can't accept are German media outlets repeatedly blaming my dual-heritage and a simple picture for a bad World Cup on behalf of an entire squad," he added, calling it "right-wing propaganda".

    "This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me."

    He also furiously denounced disparaging remarks by former captain Lothar Matthaeus, who he noted "met with another world leader a few days back and received almost no media criticism" in an apparent reference to an appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    And Ozil railed against an unnamed sponsor, which, he said, removed him from promotional videos for the World Cup after the pictures with Erdogan emerged.

    "For them, it was no longer good to be seen with me and (they) called the situation 'crisis management'," he said.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/204386-mesut-ozil-citing-racism-quits-germany-side-after-world-cup-debacle
     
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    Turkey hails Ozil's decision to quit Germany side

    Turkish ministers on Monday warmly applauded the decision of Turkish-origin German footballer Mesut Ozil to quit the national team on the grounds of racism.

    Ozil, who was born in Germany to a Turkish-origin family, had been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

    Breaking weeks of silence, Ozil said on Sunday he would no longer play for Germany internationally "whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect."

    The Arsenal midfielder had been heavily criticised by the leadership of the German Football Federation (DFB) for the picture and was also blamed by some in Germany for the team's failure in Russia.

    "I congratulate Mesut Ozil who by leaving the national team has scored the most beautiful goal against the virus of fascism," Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul wrote on Twitter.

    Turkey's Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu, like Gul posting the picture of a smiling Ozil with Erdogan, added: "We sincerely support the honourable stance that our brother Mesut Ozil has taken".

    In a tweet posted before Ozil's decision to leave the national side was made public, Erdogan's spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said the footballer's defence of the meeting was "a pity for those who claim to be tolerant and multiculturalist!"

    Ozil, 29, said he had been unfairly blamed in Germany for the side's shock group stage exit at the World Cup.

    He insisted he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Erdogan a month ahead of elections in Turkey.

    "I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish," said Ozil.

    Fellow German international Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City was also present at the London meeting with Erdogan in May on the president's visit to Britain, as well as striker Cenk Tosun of Everton who was born in Germany but represents Turkey.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/204408-turkey-hails-ozils-decision-to-quit-germany-side
     
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    Mesut Ozil: German FA rejects the Arsenal midfielder's racism claim

    ermany's football association (DFB) has rejected allegations of racism from Mesut Ozil but accepts it could have done more to protect him from abuse.

    It comes after the Arsenal midfielder, 29, announced his retirement from international football, citing "racism and disrespect" within German football.

    He says he received hate mail and threats and was blamed for Germany's disappointing World Cup.

    The DFB said it "regrets the departure of Mesut Ozil from the national team".

    The 29-year-old was criticised after being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event in May.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44921158
     
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    Germany already have too much fire power, they won't miss him. It's sad what happened to him but people will move on quickly from this as it won't affect Germany
     
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    SwingNSeam Boom Boom

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    That's why Germany was amazing and won the wc.. So sure they have too many good players according to you :)
     
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    Patriot Kaptaan

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    yes they do. some of the players worthy of playing werent picked
     
  7. Mohammed Bilal
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    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

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    What fire power? give us some names
     
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    Don Corleone Kaptaan

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    Germany won't miss him. He's 30 anyway and they need to build for the next WC.
     

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