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Mesut Ozil Retires From International Football

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Mesut Ozil has retired from international football and hit out at racism in the German FA after being made a ‘scapegoat’ following their group stage World Cup exit.

In a statement the Arsenal playmaker claims he has been turned into ‘political propaganda’ and no longer feels pride in wearing the national shirt.

Ozil came in for heavy criticism after Germany’s humiliating first-round departure in Russia, their worst World Cup performance in 80 years, which came after he was pictured alongside controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He posted three open letters to social media on Sunday, the final confirming his retirement from international football in which he hit out at the ‘racism and disrespect’ he has been subject to.

Ozil, who is of mixed German and Turkish heritage, said on Sunday night that he and his family had received hate mail, threatening phone calls and social media abuse.

In a statement on Twitter he wrote: ‘The treatment I have received from the DFB (German Football Association) and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.

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