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. Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil says he will not play for Germany after criticizing controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and for his achievements at the 201
Ozil upheld the decision in a lengthy statement on his Twitter post Account, where he slammed with DFB President Reinhard Grindel and said he would "no longer stand to be a scapegoat for him inability and inability to do his job properly."
Mesut Özil @ MesutOzil1088
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The statement added that the treatment had led him to "no longer want to wear the German national team jersey" Play for the team while you have this fee Ling of Rassism us and disrespect. "
Ozil's announcement came after he responded to criticism from backers for the meeting with Erdogan, and the Arsenal man explained why he was holding the meeting and said there was no political motive:
Mesut Özil  @ MesutOzil1088
The last few weeks have given me time to think and time to think about the events of recent months, so I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened. Https: // t. co / WpWrlHxx74
Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan and Cenk Tosun all met with the Turkish president in London and presented signed shirts as a gift, Chris Wheatley of Goal:
Chris Wheatley @ ChrisWheatley_
Mesut Özil, Ilkay Gundogan and Cenk Tosun greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London – and presented him with jerseys signed by their respective clubs as a gift https: // tc o / LrhdCoLgS0
Grindel criticized the players for their actions and said they had been exploited, per DFB.de .
" The DFB of course respects the special situation of our players with a migration background, but football and the […] DFB stands for values that Mr. Erdogan does not respect enough, so it's not good that our national team can have had DFB integration efforts
Erdogan ] Visit to the UK According to the Guard criticism of human rights activists and opposition politicians ian Patrick Wintour
The 64-year-old continued the presidential election after winning the first round of the election in June 2018. He won 53 percent of the vote, to win a new five-year term, after  BBC News.
Ozil and Gündogan are both German national players with a Turkish heritage. Germany General Director Oliver Bierhoff said The crew should have considered leaving Ozil World (h / t Goal Ronan Murphy).
"We never forced a player from the national team to do anything, but we always tried to convince them, we did not succeed Mesut, so we would have had to think about it from a sporting point of view
"I believe the fact that Mesut and Ilkay took these pictures did not keep the team busy. But the debate has done after that. Looking back now, I would try to make this topic clearer.
Germany endured a disappointing World Cup that did not manage to end the group stage.
Ozil will now be active again with Arsenal and has been in the squad for their preseason tour of Singapore They will be friendly matches against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup.