Its official! Germany and Arsenal attacker Mesut Ozil will no longer be playing for his country, due to “racism and disrespect”.

Trouble started when Ozil and his fellow German international, Ilkay Gundogan both of Turkish origin, posed for a photo with controversial president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Both Gundogan and Ozil have explained that the photo was not politically motivated, but that did not seem to put an end to the public outcry and condemnation.

“The treatment I have received from the DFB (German football association) and many others make me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt,” he said in a lengthy 3-part statement.

“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.


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“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.

“This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.

“That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted,” he said.

This was the first part of his statement on Sunday, released on Twitter.

In the second part of the statement, Ozil went hard on the German media, calling them hypocrites and also slammed several of his sponsors for pulling him from promotions and events.

And finally, he dropped the resignation in the final part.

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