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Ozil Accuses German Football Federation Of Racism, Quits International Football
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Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football with Germany after accusing the German Football Association of treating him with “racism and disrespect”, Toby Prince writes.

The Arsenal midfielder, 29, won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, but was part of the squad that failed to progress from the group stage at the recently-concluded finals in Russia.

In a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, Ozil – a third-generation Turkish-German who was born in Gelsenkirchen – claimed German FA (DFB) chiefs “wanted him out of the team” before the tournament, due to the emergence of a photograph featuring Ozil and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The picture led to criticism of Ozil in Germany. According to the player, only the intervention of head coach Joachim Low and team manager Oliver Bierhoff ensured he would then take part at the World Cup.

Ozil wrote: “The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.

“People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has many players from dual-heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent.

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“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 while 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 good people 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 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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