Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has emphatically quit international duty this week, blaming media hypocrisy and bias as one of the key reasons.
The Gunners midfielder has been a key player for his country since 2009, but has made the huge decision to quit at the age of 29, three or so years earlier than when most make the jump.
Ozil has raised some points which will need to be looked at strongly, and will no doubt be a huge talking point, and he has taken to Twitter to express his strongest points also.
He said: “no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect”.
He added: “Racism should never, ever be accepted.
“This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me.”
The midfielder reserved his sharpest words for Mr Grindel, alleging that the federation president had been “patronising” towards him.
He continued: “I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly.”
The footballer claimed that Mr Grindel had made “unforgivable and unforgettable” comments about immigrants and Muslims in the past.
Mustafa Özil (Mesut's father): "Mesut is disappointed, offended and abused. He has played for Germany for 9 years, he's done a lot for this country, and now he's put down as a scapegoat. If I were him, I would retire." [Bild Am Sonntag] pic.twitter.com/YlUFxiEqJC
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzilStats) July 8, 2018
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— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018
Will Ozil’s remarks force any changes? Could this prove distracting to our pre-season?