Mesut Ozil verbally attacked by Bayern Munich president

Mesut Ozil verbally attacked by Bayern Munich president

Julien Laurens reacts to Mesut Ozil's decision to retire from global football for Germany due to a feeling of "racism and disrespect".

"We sincerely support the honourable stance that our brother Mesut Ozil has taken", Turkey's Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu said.

"I know Reinhard Grindel and Oliver Bierhoff well enough to say that I can not imagine that they would consciously bring about such a situation".

The two players were booed by German fans in pre-World Cup friendlies over their appearance with the Turkish strongman, and Ozil said Sunday that he and his family had received threats.

The German-Turkish player's feelings of never really being accepted in his native Germany were echoed earlier by Belgian striker Rumalu Lukaku who wrote that went things were going well for his team, he was "the Belgian striker", and when things were not going so well, he was labelled, "the Belgian striker of Congolese descent".

Ozil made his global debut in 2009 and won 92 caps for Germany, netting 23 goals.

The 29-year-old, who was part of the German squad that exited the World Cup in Russian Federation at the group stage, felt he was singled out as a scapegoat for the failure due to his Turkish heritage and the Erdogan meeting in May.

It comes amid a political debate in Germany about an influx of 1.6 million migrants since mid-2014 that has seen a rise of the far right at the expense of traditional parties.

He also furiously denounced disparaging remarks by former captain Lothar Matthaeus, who he noted "met with another world leader a few days back and received nearly no media criticism" in an apparent reference to an appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, the 29-year-old Arsenal star presented himself as a victim of "racism and disrespect" whipped up by the German media, fans, politicians and the national soccer federation, known as the DFB.

Three Turkish-origin stars posed with Mr Erdogan: Ilkay Gündogan; Mesut Özil and Cenk Tosun
Three Turkish-origin stars posed with Mr Erdogan: Ilkay Gündogan; Mesut Özil and Cenk Tosun

"Immigration has transformed modern life and modern football for the better - the success of Premier League is due to the contribution of footballers from around the world, while the World Cup has been enriched by players of dual heritage such as Ozil".

"I congratulate Mesut Ozil who scored the most attractive goal against the virus of fascism by leaving the German national team", Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said.

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"The fact that the Germans were knocked out of the World Cup has little to do Mr. Ozil having his picture taken with Erdogan", he added.

He said his recent treatment made him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt".

"Are there criteria for being fully German that I do not fit?"

A lack of regard shown towards Ozil who has been named Germany's Player of the Year an impressive FIVE times during his illustrious career.

"Arguably the issue that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB, and in particular the DFB President Richard Grindel", he wrote.

"I don't think that the case of a multi-millionaire living and working in Britain says much about integration in Germany", he told reporters in Berlin.

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