The German Mesut Ozil announced on Sunday at the age of 29 his resignation from international football and referred to racism The Arsenal midfielder is unlikely to be his after political tensions over his Turkish roots and his refusal to attend the World Cup this summer. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en Contributed 92 international matches, 23 goals and 40 assists for his country The defending champion crashed in the group stage.
Özil was heavily criticized in Germany for his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May when he and Ilkay Gündogan posed for a photo with the Turkish president during his visit to London. Arsenal midfielder broke his silence on Sunday on this topic by posting a protracted social media statement in which he insisted he had not done anything wrong before finally reaching a conclusion. He said that he played for the German national team.
"With a heavy heart and after careful consideration of recent events, I will no longer play for Germany on an international level, while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect," he wrote. "I wore the German jersey with so much pride and excitement, but now I do not do it."
Born in Gelsenkirchen for Turkish parents, Özil decided in November 2006 to play for Germany when he was invited by the Turkish Federation to play a friendly against Italy, in which he said he "did not intend to accept Turkish citizenship."
Ozil became a key player for Germany's golden generation, starting with winning the 2009 European Under-21
In February 2009, Ozil celebrated his debut in the senior national team He became one of the stars of a revived German team at the 2010 World Cup, when he finished third in each game in South Africa.
He then started in every game in a major tournament until Germany defeated Sweden 2-1 at the 2018 World Cup, following a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in the opening match, amidst the ongoing dispute over his willingness to move in to integrate German society.
While Gundogan had explained his role in the Erdogan photo in the run-up to the World Cup, Ozil remained quiet on this issue, which leads to political turmoil. The German Football Association (DFB) said that the meeting was badly advised, and Özil's performances at the World Cup were examined in depth during the controversy.
And Ozil defended his part in the photo on Sunday and said it was not about politics, but about respecting the office of the presidency, adding that he believed his critics used the photo "as an opportunity before theirs to express hidden racist tendencies. "
"I know that the image of us caused a great response in the German media, and while some people accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the image we made had no political intentions," Özil wrote , "For me, a photo with President Erdogan was not about politics or elections, but about respecting the highest office of my country's country."