Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Merkel ‘respects’ Ozil’s decision to retire from German football team

Merkel ‘respects’ Ozil’s decision to retire from German football team

The stopper began by quoting a section of the extensive letter Ozil posted on Sunday, explaining his global retirement, before adding: "Stand for Ozil and say no to racism".

Turkish lawmaker and former footballer Alpay Ozalan supported the stance Germany's Mesut Ozil took against racism.

The Arsenal star, who has Turkish heritage, explained on Sunday his meeting with controversial figure Erdogan "had no political intentions".

One of Germany's top football players announced he is quitting the national team over the reaction to a photo he took with Turkey's president in the run-up to this year's World Cup.

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Turkish President Erdogan comes to Ozil's defence

Ozil was part of the German team that suffered an embarrassing exit at the recent Fifa World Cup.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed the "racist attitude" against Mesut Ozil.

The 29-year-old announced his global departure on Sunday, citing racism in the aftermath of the 2014 champions' early World Cup exit.

Gundogan later issued a statement in which he said he "honours German values 100%" and never intended the picture to be seen as a show of political support. It doesn't matter, I don't care.


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".

In a series of tweets, Ozil defended his meeting with Erdogan during a charitable event in London, saying a picture with the Turkish president was not about politics or elections.

"Last night I spoke to Mesut".

"The German team lost the games against Mexico and South Korea, not only Mesut Ozil".


Arsenal manager Unai Emery signs autographs for fans at the Shangri-La Hotel, where the team is staying in Singapore for the International Champions Cup.

Ozil made his worldwide debut in 2009 and won 92 caps for Germany, netting 23 goals. "It's time for changes!"

The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday refuted Ozil's allegations of racism, but the fiasco has damaged the governing body's reputation in football-mad Germany.

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at global level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", the player said. We had one bed, but they would put a mattress on the floor for me to sleep.


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