German midfielder Mesut Ozil officially hung his jersey and closed the door on international football, after he quit from the national team, late last night [Sunday, July 22].
The reason for his exit was put down to “criticism from the media and the German football federation president that struck him as racist.”
In a statement posted on Twitter, Ozil, a German of Turkish descent, said: “I will no longer be playing for Germany… whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”
According to sources, he received criticism from German media after meeting Turkish President Racep Tayyip Erdogan in May in London, alongside his Germany teammate, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who is also of Turkish descent, and Turkey’s Cenk Tosun, who plays for Premier League club Everton.
Meanwhile, the German national football association, the DFB, did not carry news of the playmaker’s retirement on its website or social media accounts.