Mesut Ozil has resigned from international football following political controversies in Germany.
The Arsenal Star pointed at “racism and disrespect” as the reason behind the shocking revelation. The attacker earlier took to the Social Media and poured out the harsh treatment he has faced in Germany over his Turkish heritage.
The former Real Madrid player was heavily chided for taking a photograph with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event earlier in May. Ozil stated that he got hate mail and threats and was blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup outing in Russia.
He said, “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”
Though the German football chiefs are yet to respond to Ozil’s statement, the spokesperson of German Chancellor Angela Merkel “respects” his choice as he has done much for the country.
The attacker who is a third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning side.
Ozil had featured 92 times for the Germans and has been voted the national team’s player of the year five times since 2011 by fans.
The team, however, could not qualify from the group stages of the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia, despite being one of the favourites to win the competition.
In a lengthy write-up he posted on his social media handle, Ozil said he “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.
“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. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”