Mesut Ozil Retires because of Racism and Disrespect! But allegations rejected by German DFB
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has quit international football on 22nd July, Sunday, because of the “racism and disrespect” he has faced in Germany over his Turkish roots .
The 29-year-old International Footballer was criticized after being photographed with Turkish president Recap Tayyip Erdogan at a London event in May. The Photographs were released by Turkey’s governing AK Party in the build-up to elections in the country, which Erdogan won outright.
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— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018
He says he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup. On his twitter account Ozil released a 3 page long lengthy statement, but the most heart breaking things he said was “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose, this is because despite paying taxes in Germany, donating facilities to German schools and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, I am still not accepted into society. I am treated as being ‘different’. I received the ‘Bambi Award’ in 2010 as an example of successful integration to German society, I received a ‘Silver Laurel Leaf’ in 2014 from the Federal Republic of Germany, and I was a ’German Football Ambassador’ in 2015. But clearly, I am not German …? Are there criteria for being fully German that I do not ﬁt? My friend Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose are never referred to as German-Polish, so why am I German-Turkish? Is it because it is Turkey? Is it because I’m a Muslim? I think here lays an important issue. By being referred to as German-Turkish, it is already distinguishing people who have family from more than one country. I was born and educated in Germany, so why don’t people accept that I am German?” Ozil said. German football chiefs have yet to respond to Ozil’s claims.
However Chancellor Angela Merkel “respects” his decision as he has done much for the national side, her spokesperson said on Monday. The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country’s 2014 World Cup-winning side. He has played 92 matches with 23 goals and has been voted the national team’s player of the year five times since 2011 by fans. However, the team failed to get beyond the group stages of the recent World Cup in Russia, despite being one of the favourites. Ozil said his recent treatment made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. The German DFB has rejected Mesut Ozil’s charges of racism and criticized him for failing to give “answers” regarding his controversial photograph with Turkish president Recap Tayyip Erdogan. However, the DFB defended themselves and questioned Ozil’s actions on Monday, saying: “What all of us have to combine on and off the pitch is the observance of human rights, the advocacy of freedom of expression and respect, tolerance and fair play.
“A commitment to these basic values is required for every player who plays football for Germany. Therefore, the pictures with the Turkish president Erdogan have raised questions for many people in Germany. “We concede self-critically that the DFB has also made a contribution to dealing with the topic, and it is regrettable that Mesut Ozil felt that he had not been sufficiently protected as a target of racist slogans against his person.” But it was important that Mesut Ozil gave answers to this photo, regardless of the tournament’s sporting outcome in Russia.
In the DFB, we win and lose together, all as a team.” It added in a statement: “We emphatically reject the DFB being linked to racism. The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years.”