In a shocking move, 2014 World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has announced retirement from the national team citing racist treatment as the reason. The 29-year-old midfielder has pointed hands at DFB’s president Reinhard Grindel in particular.

Further, Ozil has released a number of statements on Social media regarding his decision of quitting from the national team.

Also, the midfielder has addressed several problems that have happened in the recent past, including the photo he took with the Turkish president Recep Erdogan.

The photo with Erdogan has caused a wide-spread chaos and hatred amongst the Germans for the midfielder.

However, much against the public outrage, the midfielder has openly released a statement. In the statement, Ozil has answered all the questions that have been raised in the recent times.

Ozil’s open letter:

Ozil opened the letter with the statement addressing to the DFB’s president writing “To you, Reinhard Grindel, I am disappointed but not surprised by your actions.”

Further, he wrote “In 2004 whilst you were a German member of Parliament, you claimed that “multiculturalism is, in reality, a myth [and] a lifelong lie” whilst you voted against legislation for dual-nationalities and punishments for bribery, as well as saying that Islamic culture has become too ingrained in many German cities.”

The Arsenal midfielder, with much anguish and anger, added that this sort of treatment was unforgivable and unforgettable. Ozil also added that the treatment that he received made him take such a drastic decision, with the midfielder not wanting to wear the German jersey until this problem in the board is solved.

Further disappointment for the German midfielder:

Ozil said, ” I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

The Arsenal No.10 felt more anguished when the high-ranking DFB officials pointed fingers at his meeting with the Turkish president. He said, “When high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.”

Ozil concluded his statement by saying “That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted.”


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