Erdogan says treatment of Germany's Ozil racist and unacceptable

Erdogan says treatment of Germany's Ozil racist and unacceptable

In 14 appearances, the 29-year-old found the back of the net an impressive 10 times but collectively, it was a disappointing campaign for the North Londoners in what turned out to be Arsene Wenger's final season in charge. "Issuing insane comments about Mesut's football, he thinks, it will create a big reaction and will cover the real issue", he further added.

Just days after Germany returned home from being humiliated at the World Cup, German football association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel demanded a public statement from Mesut Ozil about the Arsenal star's pre-tournament meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the player, only the intervention of head coach Low and team manager Oliver Bierhoff ensured he would then take part in Russian Federation.

Ozil's agent criticised Hoeness for sidestepping the Ozil's reasons for leaving Germany, but Matthaus, when asked if the German federation has a racism problem, made his opinion clear.

Authorities in Ozil's ancestral Turkish town have erected a new street sign showing the photo of him in May with Erdogan, replacing one picturing him wearing the worldwide strip of Germany, the country of his birth.

"Mesut Abi ('brother' in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me", wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.

Ozalan, born in 1972, has represented Turkey 87 times in the national team, making him the country's sixth-most capped player of all time.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Mesut Ozil
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Mesut Ozil

"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.

Earlier on Monday, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness accused Ozil of "playing crap for years" and failing to "win a tackle since the 2014 World Cup". "The danger exists because many who also have family roots in other countries or culture, can understand Ozil's mood".

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks. "I think here lays an important issue", he said.

Fellow players have their say.

But Thomas Bareiss, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said it showed "disrespect" and was "misplaced", while German daily Bild said Ozil was "revelling in the victim role that has nothing to do with reality".

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