Ozil met Erdogan in mid-May, but the scandal erupted after the departure of the German national team with the World Cup.
After the departure of the German national team from the World Cup, German politicians drew attention to a photograph of one of the players of the German national team in Instagram. A Turkish football player laid out a photo with the signature “To My Dear President.” After the scandal, he removed this photo and apologized. But later decided to leave the team.
Head of the German Football Union Reinhard Grindel and his supporters believe that when we win – I’m German, and when we lose – a migrant. I pay taxes in Germany, make donations to German schools, and I still feel “different”. Society does not recognize me as a German.
With a heavy heart after serious reflection in connection with recent events, I decided that I will no longer play for Germany at the international level, because I feel a manifestation of racism and disrespect. I wore the German national team shirt with great pride and enthusiasm, but now this is not. It was very difficult to make this decision, because I always gave everything to my teammates, coaching staff and kind people in Germany. But when high-ranking officials in the German Football Union treat me this way, do not respect my Turkish roots and selfishly plunge me into political propaganda, I’ve had enough