In addition, the Presidium of the association, chaired by Reinhard Grindel, who was heavily criticized by Özil, thanked the national team for the outstanding performance. “He played a key role in making Germany world champion in Brazil in 2014,” said the statement after a conference call.
In its communication, the DFB attaches great importance to emphasizing its integration work. From the “district class to the national teams”, players with a migration background belonged to the world’s largest sports association. You play together with the different family roots, cultures and religions.
Fierce debate after Özil’s resignation – “This is pure racism”
In the same breath, the association then criticizes the now national player Özil: “What we all have to connect on and off the pitch is the observance of the human rights enshrined in the Basic Law, the commitment to freedom of expression and the press, as well as respect, tolerance and fair play” , says the statement. A commitment to these basic values is necessary for “every player who plays football for Germany.”
The photos, in which Özil, but also Ilkay Gündogan, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were photographed during a meeting in London, raised questions for many people in Germany, according to the DFB. “We admit that the DFB has made a contribution in dealing with the topic, self-critically.”
The statement is signed with “Directorate Public and Fans”, the area of work of the Deputy General Secretary and Media Director Ralf Köttker.
The association regrets that Özil felt that he had not been adequately protected as a “target of racist slogans”. The DFB stood by the international players Jérôme Boateng and Ilkay Gündogan in such hostilities.
However, according to the opinion, the DFB does not provide unconditional support against racist insults. Because it was important that Özil, “as before Ilkay Gündogan, gave answers with this photo regardless of the sporting outcome of the tournament in Russia. In the DFB, we win and lose together, all as one team. “
The latter in particular is a not entirely unobjectionable statement the public criticism of national team manager and DFB president Grindel, who had targeted Özil as a person.
The association also lists several of its own integration projects as an excuse. Against this background, the DFB would have been pleased to continue to welcome Özil as part of the team. The football association is silent on further allegations: “For us as an association, it is also part of the respectful treatment of a well-deserved national team that we leave some statements that are incomprehensible to us in terms of tone and content uncommented in public.”
Sevim Dagdelen from the left sharply criticized Mesut Özil’s reason for retiring from the national team. “It is a slap in the face of the countless political persecutions in Turkey if the implied commitment to the origin of the parents does not even now result in Özil saying a word about the detention of German citizens as political hostages or the persecution of critical journalists loses, ”said the vice-chairwoman of the Left Group and chairman of the German-Turkish parliamentary group of the“ Augsburger Allgemeine ”(Tuesday). “This is not a glory sheet for a player of the German national team who serves as a role model and should stand for fair play, not just on the pitch.”
Although Özil’s criticism of DFB President Reinhard Grindel and team manager Oliver Bierhoff is justified, Özil gambles away his own credibility, “if he makes contact with Erdogan, who is in the process of establishing an Islamist and ultra-nationalist oppressive state in Turkey, the Kurds, Discrimination against Alevis and other minorities ”.
Dagmar Freitag (SPD), chairman of the sports committee in the Bundestag, also thinks that Özil’s wrap-around is wrong despite all the mistakes the DFB would have made. “In spite of all criticism of the course of the DFB and its president, the sheer accusation of racism in my view goes beyond the target. After all, players with foreign roots are still part of the team and will continue to be, ”she told the newspaper.
Mesut Özil published a comprehensive statement on the events of the summer on social networks and announced his retirement from the German national soccer team. The debate was about a highly controversial photo of the footballer with Turkish President Erdogan.
“With a heavy heart and after a long thought, I will not play for Germany on the international level because of the recent events, as long as I feel this feeling of racism and disrespect,” wrote Özil. He felt badly treated by the DFB and especially its President Grindel. “I will no longer serve as a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly,” emphasized Özil at Grindel’s address.
With material from dpa.