Mesut Ozil’s angry Germany departure draws mixed response at home

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Published: July 23, 2018 6:58:13 pm


He attacked the German football federation (DFB), its president, fans and media for what he saw as racism in treating people with Turkish roots. (Source: Reuters)

Mesut Ozil’s angry departure from Germany’s national team amid accusations of racism drew mixed reactions at home Monday, prompting both sharp criticism of the player and concern over the country’s attitude toward Germans with foreign roots.

The Arsenal star announced his retirement from international football Sunday, weeks after Germany’s first-round World Cup exit. He attacked the German football federation (DFB), its president, fans and media for what he saw as racism in treating people with Turkish roots.

“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” the German-born descendant of Turkish immigrants wrote, complaining that…

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