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Mesut Özil walks away from Germany team citing ‘racism and disrespect’

 Özil attacks DFB president Reinhard Grindel in statement 

 ‘I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose’

Mesut Özil was part of the Germany team that was eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage in Russia

Reuters (July 22) – Mesut Özil has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, the midfielder hitting out at what he perceived to be unfair discrimination surrounding his meeting with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in May.

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Germany’s Özil, World Cup winnings, and Gaza

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Germany’s Mesut Özil (L) and Lukas Podolski celebrate after the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and Germany at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa 03 July 2010 |Marcus Brandt dpa

2014 FIFA World CupGerman international footballer and Arsenal FC player Mesut Özil is reportedly donating his World Cup earnings to the children of Gaza amid the Israeli bombing campaign that has claimed at least 214 lives since July 7 at the time of this report.

Özil, who is of Turkish origin, made the annoucement after Germany’s World Cup triumph according to various news websites. Continue reading

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