'When we win I'm German, when we lose I'm an immigrant' - Ozil

24 July, 2018, 20:54 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Germany's shocking group-stage elimination at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation sparked more criticism of the 29-year-old footballer.

Cem Ozdemir of the Greens party also voiced dismay that "young German-Turks now get the impression that they have no place in the German national team".

Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given his support to Mesut Ozil and says the "racist attitude" shown towards the player is not acceptable.

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.

Patrice Evra, who had his own clashes with senior management during his global career with France, which included being stripped of Les Bleus' captaincy as the result of a mutiny at the 2010 World Cup, went one further, tweeting: "Respect".

German football chiefs have yet to respond to Ozil's claims.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery signs autographs for fans at the Shangri-La Hotel, where the team is staying in Singapore for the International Champions Cup.


Ozil quit Germany after scoring 23 goals in 92 global appearances, having been a key component of the 2014 World Cup-winning side.

"But for me, it's only important [if] Mesut Ozil can help the national team or not, and I have this feeling in the last one and a half year, he never played on this level how we played before, and now it's time for changes".

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at worldwide level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", said Ozil in his long note.

The players did meet the German FA president to explain the image, although Ozil had not issued a public statement on the matter until Sunday.

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks.

Erdogan added: "On Monday night I spoke to Mesut".

"I kiss him on his eyes", Erdogan said, using a Turkish term of affection for a loved one or friend.

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