The political reason behind Mesut Özil’s retirement from international football!
In 2018, Mesut Özil made the astonishing decision to retire from international football at only 29 years old, following Germany’s catastrophic World Cup campaign, knocked out in the group stages. The German accused the federation of lacking respect for him and worse still, demonstrating racism. Everything was linked to a photo of the former Real Madrid player taken with the controversial Turkish president, Recep Erdogan, for which he was heavily criticized. In a long letter published on his Twitter account, Özil said he was treated differently because of his Turkish origins and also because he’s Muslim.
All forms of racism must be banned, on and off the pitch! 👊