Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Is footballer Mesut Ozil German or Turkish?

Is footballer Mesut Ozil German or Turkish?

The 29-year-old quit the national side on Sunday citing "racism and disrespect" due to his Turkish roots as key to the decision after he was singled out for criticism when Germany bombed out of the recent World Cup in the group stages.

"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", he said.

Mesut Ozil was selected among the squad which travelled to Singapore for the International Champions Cup which Arsenal will be participating in and the Arsenal manager made the comments from the Asian country.

The Turkish Football Federation also issued a statement, saying it "offers its full support" to Ozil and his family.

Unai Emery believes Mesut Ozil will have a big season for Arsenal.

Ozil said he received threats and hate mail after the photographs with Erdogan were published.

"We are expecting good matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid".

Asked about Ozil's decision to retire from Germany duties, Emery responded: 'He thinks what is best for him, he explained his decision and here we need to help him.

"We are like his home".

"I prefer to give him normality in the team, he feels good with us".

"We hope by the start of the season he will be fit and ready to perform".

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who insists he is "concentrating on this season" amid speculation about his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, is also keen to support Ozil as a colleague and to avoid assuming a position in his argument with the DFB.

The German football association has rejected Ozil's claims of racism.

"Obviously his decision is his decision and everyone should respect that".

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