Mesut Ozil supported by Kevin-Prince Boateng and Fatau Dauda

Sherman Parsons
July 24, 2018

He added that Ozil's critics "could not stomach" the photograph of the soccer star and Erdogan that prompted criticism ahead of the World Cup.

"I think his time to play in the national team is over".

Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given his support to Mesut Ozil and says the "racist attitude" shown towards the player is not acceptable. "I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions".

Ozil, 29, dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from Germany duty and accused the president of the German FA, Reinhard Grindel, of racism.

Ozil's agent criticised Hoeness for sidestepping the Ozil's reasons for leaving Germany, but Matthaus, when asked if the German federation has a racism problem, made his opinion clear.

Iwobi's message came after Arsenal's new boss, Unai Emery led the team in an 8-0 win over Boreham Wood, but will this week Thursday and Saturday face bigger tests against Atletico Madrid and PSG in the 2018 International Champions Cup.

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Although Ozil may have found failings with his worldwide team, the player's club side Arsenal were quick to welcome the player back as he reported for training on Tuesday for the first time since the story unfolded.

"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", said Ozil in his long note.

He pointed out that Erdogan also met the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May while in England and said he would have been "disrespecting his ancestors' roots" had he not posed for photographs with the Turkish president.

Many German politicians questioned Ozil and Gundogan's loyalty to German democratic values.

"Mesut Abi ('brother' in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me", wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.

"I kiss him on his eyes", Erdogan said, using a Turkish term of affection for a loved one or friend.

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