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Sunday, 22 July 2018

OFFICIAL: Germany Star Mesut Ozil Retires From International Football

Germany Midfielder Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football.


Ozil was heavily criticised by The German Football Association (DFB), media and politicians for meeting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with team-mate Ilkay Gundogan before the World Cup.


He broke his silence in a string of statements on Twitter on Sunday with the third and final of these confirming his retirement.


He said: “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.


“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement but now I don’t.


“This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my team-mates, the coaching staff and the goodpeople of Germany.


“But 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.


“That is now 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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