Germany treatment of Mesut Ozil 'unacceptable' - Turkey president Erdogan

Tyler Owen
July 24, 2018

In his final statement, where he confirmed his retirement, Ozil cited racism as one of the reasons for his decision, referencing times where he was abused for his ancestry, including an instance where he was called a "goat-f***er" by a prominent politician.

Several prominent officials in Turkey, including the head of the Turkish Football Federation Yildirim Demiroren, have thrown their support behind Ozil since he announced on Sunday that he would not play again for Germany.

Ozil was part of the German team that suffered an embarrassing exit at the recent Fifa World Cup.

Ozil, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Everton striker Cenk Tosun met Erdogan during the Turkish presidents three-day trip to England.

Ozil, 29, won the World Cup with Germany four years ago, but was also part of Joachim Low's squad which failed to progress from the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation. "He is a great footballer who has contributed a great deal to the national team", said Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, adding that he has "now made a decision that must be respected". "I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions". It doesn't matter, I don't care.

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The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country's 2014 World Cup-winning side. "I congratulate Mesut Ozil who by leaving the national team has scored the most handsome goal against the virus of fascism", Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul wrote on Twitter.

"The German team lost the games against Mexico and South Korea, not only Mesut Ozil".

31-year-old Boateng featured alongside Ozil in Germany's U-21 team, before opting to represent Ghana at senior level. And he's normally a leader but in the last one, two years, he didn't show he's a leader, he didn't show the right performance. "It's time for changes!"

"Stand for Ozil and say no to racism".

Dr Sogut said in an interview to Goal.com, "The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football".

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