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Turkish president Erdogan supports Mesut Ozil after being racially abused by German fans

Turkish president Erdogan supports Mesut Ozil after being racially abused by German fans

- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has supported retired Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil

- The 2014 World Cup winning player announced his retirement after being criticised for poor performance at the 2018 edition of the championship

- And for aligning with a president that has been accused of violating human rights

The last has not being heard of the recent racism accusation levied against the German Football Association by Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

Having failed to impress at the recently concluded World Cup tournament in Russia, the former Real Madrid announced his retirement from international football, claiming he suffered heavy abuse from the German football fans.

The backlash came as a result of the portrait Ozil took with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an event in London in May.

However, the Turkish president has now shown support to the attacker, saying the the "racist attitude" shown towards the player is not acceptable.

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The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) also offered its "full support to Mesut Ozil and his family."

The TFF said in a statement: "We condemn the treatment, threats and derogatory messages that Ozil has received because of his heritage and background.

"Every player, no matter whether they are in the public eye or not, has a right to be protected from abuse, discrimination and messages expressing hate."

Erdogan added: "On Monday night I spoke to Mesut. His attitude in the statement is completely patriotic.

"It is not possible to accept this kind of racist attitude towards a young man who poured so much sweat for the German national team's success. This cannot be tolerated."

In a lengthy statement released on Monday, Ozil said he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany's disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup.

The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country's 2014 World Cup-winning side.

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He has 92 caps and has been voted the national team's player of the year five times since 2011 by fans.

"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," Ozil said. "I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't."

Legit.ng previously reported that Arsenal star Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from international football after being racially abused by German fans.

The former Real Madrid star part of the Germany squad that flopped at Russia 2018 championship after losing two of their three group games and crashed out of the championship at the early stage.

He was also criticised for taking pictures with Turkey president Erdogan, who has been accused of human rights abuses, the Guardian reports.

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Source: Legit.ng

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