The Germany Football Association(FA) has strongy rejected Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil’s claims of racism against him, while admitting to had been their role to saver him from the same.
Ozil 29, yesterday shocked the world when he announced he had retired from the National duty, due to racism and lack of respect from Germany football officials.
Ozil in an emotional statement said he had received threatening messages and mails of hatred, and wondered why he was particularly blamed for Germany’s disappointing display at the world cup.
The Germany FA in a statement today said it regrets the midfielder’s departure, while also denying that they subject him to the alleged racism.
The FA had criticised the midfielder after being photographed with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and fellow country man, Ikay Gundogan who plays for Manchester city in may at an event in London.
L-R Gundogan, Ozil, President Erdogan and Everton’s German born Turkish striker, Cenk Tosun
Ozil is a German of Turkish origin.The Criticism of Ozil and Gundogan was premised onthe perceived mistreating of the Turkish subjects by Erdogan.