The Arsenal striker announced Sunday his decision to leave the national team, citing the “racism” and “lack of respect.”
The latter also said he was the scapegoat for the poor performance of the Germans at the world.
The “Özil affair” provoked the indignation of many Turks, especially in Devrek, a district in the northern province of Zonguldak, where the player’s family roots plunge.
The mayor of Devrek, Mustafa Semerci, on Tuesday removed a sign planted at the edge of a road showing Özil with the jersey of the “Mannschaft” to replace it with an enlargement of the photo showing the player with Mr. Erdogan, according to the media.
Faced with this situation, the Turkish President believes that the German Federation has been unfair to the player.
“Mesut’s statements and attitude are patriotic and deserve praise,” Erdogan said, adding that he had spoken to the player on the phone Monday night.
“I talked with him. They can not digest the fact that he posed for a picture with me. I support the statements of Mesut Özil, “said Erdogan after a parliamentary meeting in Ankara, quoted by the daily Hürriyet.
“The racist approach to a young man who has so wet the jersey for the success of the German national team is simply unacceptable,” he added.
On Tuesday, the Turkish Football Federation also issued a statement supporting the decision of Mesut Özil.
“The Turkish Football Federation offers its full support to Mesut Özil and his family and we condemn the treatment, threats and unpleasant messages he has received because of his background and his background. All players, whether in the public eye or not, have the right to be protected against abuse, discrimination and hate messages. “
“All members of the global football community must be united in our ongoing efforts to eradicate racism and intolerance – and we must work together to ensure that football achieves a positive social potential that promotes values of inclusion. and respect. “
Löw “not informed”
Two days after the thunderous release of his “number 10”, Germany coach Joachim Löw still has not reacted in public, but his agent said he was not warned by the player of his decision .
“Neither the national coach nor I have been informed in advance,” said Joggi “Löw agent Harun Arslan in the German daily Bild.
According to the tabloid, Löw became aware of Özil’s decision Sunday on the Internet while he was on holiday in Sardinia.