German FA rebutes Ozil’s racism allegations
The German Football Association (DFB) has denied racial abuse claims made by Mesut Ozil in a statement announcing his retirement from International football.
In the statement, Ozil accused the German football federation, especially President, Reinhard Grindel of racially abusing him and making him a scapegoat for Germany’s poor outing at the World Cup.
Part of Ozil’s statement said: “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,”
The German FA have now come out to rebute the statement and state that the federation stands for diversity. The German statement said:
“We reject the notion that the DFB is associated with racism. The DFB stands for diversity, from the representatives at the top to the boundless, day-to-day dedication of people at the base.”
“The DFB is very grateful to Mesut Ozil for his outstanding performance in the jersey of the German national teams,” continued the statement.
“It is regrettable that Mesut Ozil felt that he had not been sufficiently protected as a target of racist slogans. But it was important that Mesut Ozil, like Ilkay Gundogan before him, gives answers to the photo (with Erdogan).
“In the DFB, we win and lose together, as a team. The DFB would have been happy if Mesut Ozil had wanted to remain part of the team on this shared basis. He decided otherwise.”