In a news sending shock waves across the globe, Mesut Ozil, a talented young German player with Turkish roots has announced his retirement from the German National Team. In a lengthy tweet (release), he has stated his reasons for doing so – ‘racism and disrespect’ by his fans.
The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened. pic.twitter.com/WpWrlHxx74
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018
Ozil drew heavy criticism after Germany’s early departure from the 2018 FIFA World Cup and many questioned his loyalty to the nation following his meet with the Turkish President Erdogan in London in May. He claims to have been a scapegoat for the failure due to his Turkish heritage.
“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,” Ozil said.
“The treatment I have received from the DFB [German Football Association] and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt,” he added.
“I am German when we win, but an immigrant when we lose.”, he added.
Ozil was a key player in the 2014 German World Cup team, who went on to lift the cup.