The player of Arsenal Mesut Özil announced this Sunday the German national football team is renounced due to the “racism” he received in the criticism for appearing in a photograph together with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“With much pain and after many considerations about what happened, I will not continue playing for the German national team as long as I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” said the player of Turkish origin in a long statement posted on Twitter.
Özil broke his silence on Sunday after having been at the center of the controversy during the World Cup for his photo, along with Turkish international also Ilkay Gundogan, next to the head of state, in full election campaign for his re-election, finally obtained.
The two players were highly criticized, especially after the elimination in the first phase of the Mannschaft. Some accused them of lack of loyalty to Germany, including team manager Oliver Bierhoff said: “We should have thought of depriving ourselves of -Zzil- sportingly.”
“Like many people, my roots go beyond a country, I have grown up in Germany, but my family history has its roots firmly rooted in Turkey, I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish,” the Arsenal midfielder said in his statement. on Twitter, divided into three parts.
“I am aware that the photo provoked great reactions in the German media, but even though some people may accuse me of lying or being dishonest, the photo had no political intention,” the 29-year-old said.
“It has nothing to do with politics or elections, it has to do with respect for the highest function of my parents’ country.” My job is a soccer player, not a political one, and our meeting was not an approval of a policy or another, “he added.
“The result of this or the previous election matters little, in all the forms I would have made the photo,” added the former Real Madrid player.