I stand with Mesut Özil.

“In the eyes of [Reinhard] Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”

Those were the chilling words uttered by Mesut Özil in a list of extensive statements published throughout the 22nd of July where he seemingly announced his retirement from international football due to the racist treatment he was receiving. The heartbreaking statements from the 29-year-old reveal a sombre tone, expressing how much damage and pain the playmaker has been forced to endure in the last few months due to the aforementioned racist remarks. Other factors include the controversy surrounding his pictures with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well as Germany’s failures in the recent World Cup in Russia.

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