German national footballer Mesut Ozil said from now on he will not defend the country’s national team after he received harsh criticism over his decision to pose with Turkish President recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Before announcing this resignation, Ozil had defended his decision to pose with President Erdogan, but he later uploaded a long statement accusing the German Football Association of “racist” and “disrespectful”.
He said his decision to no longer defend Germany was tough.
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The photograph criticized in Germany was actually taken in last May at a charity event in London, England.
Germany is critical of Turkey
The photo was later released by Turkey’s ruling AK Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the presidential election won by Erdogan in a reassuring voice.
But Ozil’s decision to take pictures next to President Erdogan was not welcomed in Germany, the birthplace of Ozil. He himself comes from a family of Turkish descent.
In the eyes of a number of German politicians, Ozil’s actions seemed to provide support to the political parties led by Erdogan. Criticism was also made by the German Football Association.
In addition, the German government has been critical of the Erdogan campaign to attract support from Turkish descendants residing in European countries.
Through Twitter, Mesut Ozil explains that if he refuses to meet President Erdogan then he does not respect his ancestors from Turkey.
“I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish,” cuitnya on Sunday (22/07).
“That action concerns me who represents the highest institution of my family country.
“In my childhood, my mother taught me to always respect and never forget my origins, and the values that I still hold up to now,” said Ozil who is the Arsenal player.
Also present at the charity event in London is Manchester City player Ilkay Gundogan, who is also a German player from a Turkish family. Also present are Everton players, Cenk Tosun.
“For me, it does not matter who the president is, the important thing is the president,” Ozil said.
He added that he would show the same respect to both the Turkish president and the German president.