Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Mesut Ozil racism row: Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 'racist attitude' not acceptable

Mesut Ozil racism row: Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 'racist attitude' not acceptable

He also criticised federation president Reinhard Grindel, and outlined tensions concerning his Turkish roots and team selection decisions during this summer's tournament in Russia as the reasons for his retirement.

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and compatriot Kevin-Prince Boateng have expressed their support for Mesut Ozil within the fight against racism in football.

Matthaus said Ozil had done "a good job for Germany" in previous years but of late had failed to "hit the same performance" that helped them win the 2014 World Cup, and it was time to move on to new players.

Ozil ends his global career with 92 caps, 23 goals and 40 assists, and was also a member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2014.

Speaking to reporters at parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that Ozil's approach had been "admirable" and that the player had "given his all" for the German national team.

This picture taken on May 13, 2018 and released on May 14, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press office Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) poses for a photo with German footballers of Turkish origin Ilkay Gundogan (L) and Mesut Ozil (2nd L) in London.

The Nigeria global scored three times and assisted five in 26 Premier League games last season.

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Ozil said his recent treatment made him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt". "I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my global debut in 2009 has been forgotten".

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks.

Ozil met Erdogan in May along with fellow Germany worldwide Ilkay Gundogan, the Manchester City player who is also of Turkish descent.

Fellow players have their say.

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

But Thomas Bareiss, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said it showed "disrespect" and was "misplaced", while German daily Bild said Ozil was "revelling in the victim role that has nothing to do with reality".

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