Midfielder Mesut Ozil has vowed never to play for the German national team again.
Ozil who is beginning life in Turkey after signing for Fenerbahçe has been in self-imposed international retirement after a row with the German federation DFB in 2018 when Özil made an admittedly ill-advised decision to meet and take photos with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The player was racially attacked after the incident with some of his teammates playing down the incident something that didn’t go well with the player.
During his official unveiling at his new club, the 32-year-old said: “I wish the German national team success, but I will never play for them again.”
Back in September, DFB general secretary Friedrich Curtis admitted the German football organization made mistakes with the way they handled Özil.
“The DFB made mistakes in dealing with the events surrounding the Özil case. A photo became a burning glass for many topics. The moment there were racist allegations, we missed the time to meet with the player,” Curtis said.
During the incident, the then Arsenal midfielder became a scapegoat for his country’s terrible performance in that year’s World Cup with the player publicly speaking out about his treatment and the ‘racism and disrespect’ he experienced, quitting the national team.