Ozil resignation took Germany coach Loew by surprise

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The 29-year-old announced his global departure on Sunday, citing racism in the aftermath of the 2014 champions' early World Cup exit. "That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel "respects" the Turkish-German footballer Mesut Ozil's decision to quit from the national team, her spokeswoman said yesterday.

"Because more is at stake than just the future of the German national football team".

Since the World Cup, nobody within the DFB has lost their job and the head coach has been retained, while Ozil has been victimised with the larger problems that led to their Russian failure ignored and brushed aside.

Ozil's agent criticised Hoeness for sidestepping the Ozil's reasons for leaving Germany, but Matthaus, when asked if the German federation has a racism problem, made his opinion clear.

Erdogan meanwhile announced on Tuesday that he had contacted Ozil to praise his "patriotic" decision in standing down from the national team.

Although Ozil may have found failings with his global team, the player's club side Arsenal were quick to welcome the player back as he reported for training on Tuesday for the first time since the story unfolded.

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"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at worldwide level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", the player said.

Ozil quit Germany after scoring 23 goals in 92 worldwide appearances, having been a key component of the 2014 World Cup-winning side. "The danger exists because many who also have family roots in other countries or culture, can understand Ozil's mood".

"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".

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks.

"I think we don't have a problem".

"Last night I spoke to Mesut". The 29-year-old's exit from Die Mannschaft was met with a muted response from fellow players.

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