After a shambolic exit of the defending champions Germany from the group stage, Mesut Ozil became a scapegoat for the locker room. He was the most efficient and aspired one among them, and his performance in the World event led to the major disappointment for the nation. On Sunday, Ozil called the media and bid adieu from his international career.
“I am saying it with a heavy heart, and after much consideration after recent events, I will no longer be playing for the Deutschland at the international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. Arguably the thing that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB and in particular the DFB President Richard Grindel.
He also explained his innocence over the political issue raised before the start of the World Cup. He was spotted sharing some space with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “While I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage, ancestry and therefore reasoning behind the photo and he was far more interested in speaking about his political views and belittling my opinion. I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly. In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”
He wholeheartedly called his people, fans a motivation to play for the nation so far but now he wants to move out of it, “My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. If a newspaper or pundit finds fault in a game I play in, then I can accept this, but what I can't accept are German media outlets repeatedly blaming my dual-heritage and a simple picture for a bad World Cup on behalf of an entire squad.”
He abused the German media to twist the facts and crossed their limits, “This crossed a line that should never be crossed, as media try to turn the nation of Germany against me. I met with another world leader a few days back and received almost no media criticism. For them (media), it was no longer good to be seen with me, and they called the situation ‘crisis management'.”
Well, it is not a new feeling for the immigrant footballers who play for another country. Before Ozil, Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku also stated the same opinion. Benzema is tired of being tagged as an Algerian when he missed a chance and French when he scores a goal while Lukaku gets taunted on the name of Congo whenever he loses something.