German midfielder Mesut Ozil quits the national football team following the flak he received over his picture with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The 29-year-old announced his retirement from the international football through posting a series of statements over social networking site- Twitter. The Arsenal superstar criticised the German football federation, media, fans and President for the flurry of racist remarks that were passed onto him following that meet.
Mesut Ozil quits owing to Racist Remarks hurled onto him
The German start clearly mentioned the “Anti-Turkish” remarks based on his origins, as the reason that led to his exit from the national team.
“I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. Racism should never, ever be accepted,” added the German midfielder who was held as a scapegoat for Germany’s tragic exit from the 2018 Wolrd Cup campaigns.
The news Mesut Ozil quits became viral within hours his decision of leaving the team cropped up, and soon had taken over the social media along with his controversial photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Controversial meet that shouldn’t have happened?
Ozil and Gundogan’s meeting with the President had taken place a couple of months ago in London, and it caused a massive discontent among the German people.
After the news of their meeting had taken over the German media, Reinhard Grindel, Head of Germany’s soccer federation was among the first to criticise the players publicly, especially to those who were from the Turkish backgrounds, and had stated that the meeting was an act of exploitation from Erdogan for the political motives.
Many German politicians had even questioned Ozil and Gundoan for their allegiance towards Germany and even recommended their names to be stricken out of the world cup campaigns which were to be held in Russia.
The German midfielder had not commented on the photo until Sunday when he generated 3-part statements over Twitter to express his anger and discontent for the censure he had to face from the fans and media personnel.
“The picture we took had no political intentions. It was about me respecting the highest office in my family’s country. This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me,” said Ozil.
Reinhard Grindel makes Ozil feel unwanted
Ozil also showered a series of angered remarks on Reinhard Grindel and the supporters of German football. He even mentioned that earlier too Grindel had passed on many controversial and racist remarks over Muslims and immigrants.
“I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly. The treatment that I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved sie my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten,” said Ozil.
He further added,” In the eyes of Grindel and supporters, I am a German when we win, but an immigrant when we lose.”
Source: Times of India