Germany - Racism Forces Football Legend To Quit International Team


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has QUIT international football, citing the "racism and disrespect" he has faced in Germany over his Turkish roots. He says he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany's disappointing 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 international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.
I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.
I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.
The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country's 2014 World Cup-winning side. He's been voted the national team's Player of the Year five times.

Germany is home to about three million people of Turkish descent - a point regularly raised in political debate in the country, where immigration and the rise of far-right parties are key issues for many.

German football journalist Raphael Honigstein ...
I think the lack of backing he's been receiving from the German FA in the wake of the scapegoating he's been subjected to in sections of the German media, but also on social media, and the fact the most technically gifted player of his generation feels he can no longer represent Germany while he feels subjected to racism, makes it a very painful day for German football on the whole.

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