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Mesut Ozil said goodbye to his international career amid discrimination and racism target

German international Mesut Ozil said goodbye to his international career amid discrimination and racism target. 2014 World Cup winner with Germany didn’t enjoy a very good campaign in Russia at 2018’s World Cup which resulted in Die Mannscahft’s early elimination from the tournament. It was a team failure but Arsenal star was targeted unfairly in Germany’s failure because of his Turkish roots.

German Football Federation (DFB) has criticized Ozil for his meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup making it a political issue, although player himself only has shown love towards a country from where his ancestors belongs.

Ozil tweeted a series of tweets to show his discomfort towards German media and DFB and finally saying goodbye to his international career.

He writes, “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I’ll no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”

Arsenal forward adds, “Certain German newspapers are using my background and photo with president Erdogan as right-wing propaganda to further their political cause. Why else did they use pictures and headlines with my name as direct explanation for defeat in Russia? They didn’t criticize my performances, they didn’t criticize the team’s performance, they just criticized my Turkish ancestry and respect for my upbringing. This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me.”

Ozil also explained, “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.”

“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. I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish. During my childhood, my mother taught me to always respectful and to never forget where I came from, and these are still values that I think about to this day.”

“For me, having a picture with President Erdogan 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 wasn’t an endorsement of any policies. In fact, we spoke about the same topic that we do every time we have met- football – as he too was player in his youth.”

Ozil has earned great respect in Germany during his 92 appearances for the country, and it’s not a very good ending for the World Cup winner star. He deserved little more respect, but he should never mind. He ended his career on high saying goodbye to his international career with much more pride.


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