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In his own words: Why Mesut Özil quit Germany

Özil on the DFB and its President Reinhard Grindel

— “Whilst I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage, ancestry and therefore reasoning behind the photo, he was far more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion.”

— “I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for [Grindel’s] incompetence and ability to do his job properly. I know that he wanted me out of the team after the picture, and publicized his view on Twitter without any thinking or consultation, but Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff stood up for me and backed me.”

Read more: Özil quits Germany team over Erdogan affair

Özil’s anger justified now Grindel must face the music

Özil on racism and xenophobia:

— “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose. This is because despite paying taxes in Germany, donating facilities to German schools and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, I am still not accepted into society. I am treated as being ‘different’.”

Source: DW

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