Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Erdogan says treatment of Germany's Ozil racist and unacceptable

Erdogan says treatment of Germany's Ozil racist and unacceptable

Erdogan meanwhile announced on Tuesday that he had contacted Ozil to praise his "patriotic" decision in standing down from the national team.

And though Matthaus, a World Cup victor with Germany in 1990, said the media coverage around the photograph played its part in Ozil's decision, he believes Germany would be better served going forward without the Arsenal playmaker's services.

He had faced heavy criticism during the World Cup, especially over a controversial photograph with Erdogan in May ahead of presidential and parliamentary polls in Turkey.

The 29-year-old said he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Erdogan just before the World Cup finals.

"In May, I met President Erdogan in London, during a charitable and educational event". His grandfather moved to Germany from Turkey to become a miner.

In a lengthy statement released on Monday, Ozil said he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany's disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup.

"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", Ozil wrote.

Ozil said his recent treatment made him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt".

"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".

Ozil's explosive statement, in three separate postings on Twitter and Instagram, was hailed by Erdogan's government, which has championed a campaign against what Ankara sees as growing Islamophobia in Europe.

Ozil, a key member of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, criticised the German Football Association (DFB) bosses, sponsors and the media.

To claim he is anything other than 100 per cent committed to Germany is madness, but Grindel should not be surprised by Sunday's statement.

Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among the stars travelling with the Arsenal team, who were welcomed by their eager fans outside Changi Airport.

The report further revealed that Iwobi who was in Nigeria's squad to the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association world Cup in Russia is not in new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's plans going into the new campaign.

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