Following the “acts of racism” of which the German international Mesut Özil reveals to have been a victim and who pushed him to retire internationally, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted on Monday via her spokesperson on this issue. decision.
“The Chancellor appreciates enormously Özil. He is a great player who has done a lot for the Mannschaft. His choice must now be respected. “ Said the spokesman.
Merkel had already stepped up in June to defend Mesut Özil and teammate Ilkay Gündogan after they were whistled by the public because of their meeting with the Turkish head of state.
This departure is controversial in Germany, the popular press shooting in particular red balls on the player who was part of the world champion team in 2014 and that eliminated in a humiliating way at the World Cup this summer.
Özil published a long press release on Twitter on Sunday: “I will not play international matches for Germany as long as I feel racism and disrespect for me. For me, taking a photo with President Recep Erdogan was by no means political, it was just to respect the highest dignitary of my country, not to disrespect the roots of my ancestors. “
Özil (of Turkish origin, therefore) has also attracted the sporting wrath of Uli Hoeness, the Bayern president who did not go on Sport1: “He has been playing shit for years. He has not brought anything to the national team for years. The last duel he won was before the 2014 World Cup. And now, he is hiding behind this picture. I am very happy that the ghost stops. “