The German footballer Mesut Ozil has confirmed his retirement from international football over racism and discrimination.
Following how he was treated by the German football association makes him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”
The Arsenal midfielder announced the decision in the third part of a lengthy statement released on his Twitter account, with the first part explaining the reasoning behind his controversial photograph with Turkey president Recep Erdogan and the second update criticising how the media and sponsors reacted to the incident.
DFB president Reinhard Grindel was the focus of the third and final part of the statement, as Ozil hit out at the official, claiming: “I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly.”
Ozil also explains how he was treated badly by the media and DFB since Germanys World Cup exit, where they failed to get out of their groups and lost to both Mexico and South Korea.
Ozil detailed how Grindel attempted to benefit from the fall-out of the player’s meeting with Erdogan, aiming to use it as a means to express his own political views and undermine Ozil in the process. He also accused the DFB president of racism, stating that “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”
As well as Grindel, the 29-year-old highlighted the actions of politician Bernd Holzhauer who called Ozil a “goat-f***er” and Chief of German Theatre Werner Steer who wished for the footballer to “p*** back to Anatolia.”
The way Ozil has been treated by German media, politicians and especially the DFB has caused him to make the “difficult decision” to announce his international retirement, saying that: “I now feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”
MESUT OZIL GAME INTERNATIONAL STATS
Mesut Ozil Started his debut in 2009 – 2018 (9 years)
Played 92 times for Germany
Scored 23 goals
Won 2014 World Cup and also helped Germany to the semi-finals of the 2012 and 2016 European Championships.
Over the 9 years he has won German team player of the year five times.