Arsenal Welcomes Ozil, Takes A Dig At German FA

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Ozil Defends Controversial Picture With Erdogan, Retires From Germany Citing “Racism”

Arsenal Welcomes Ozil, Takes A Dig At German FA

In the wake of midfielder Mesut Ozil retirement from international football on Sunday evening, his club, Arsenal has put out a tweet that appears to be a thinly veiled dig at the German Football Federation (DFB).

Ozil Retires From German Football Team Citing “Racism”

The London club on Monday took to its official Twitter handle to tweet about how their diversity makes them a special club followed with the word together and the hashtag #ArsenalforEveryone.

The tweet was put out barely a day after Ozil, through a statement released on his social media pages hit out at his mistreatment by the DFB and particularly the President of the DFB, Reinhard Grindel and a part of the German media.

The Midfielder, who also announced his retirement from international football at the age of 29, said he felt “disrespected” and racially abused.

The statement reads in part:

“People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual‑heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent. In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”

“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”

“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.”

Before then, Arsenal earlier tweeted a picture of a smilling Ozil in an Arsenal training gear with the words, “It’s great to have you back with us,” followed with a heart sign.

Meanwhile, Anti-Racism organisation Kick It Out reached Arsenal to support the 29-year old midfielder in the aftermath of the retirement.

“Mesut Ozil has been treated disgracefully and we have contacted Arsenal to offer our support to him at this time. Those who have driven him to consider international retirement should be ashamed of themselves and his case should encourage all of football to reflect on how the game treats footballers from mixed heritage backgrounds.”

Much of the events stemmed from a picture he took with President Recep Taayip Erdogan of Turkey, when the president was in London in May. 



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