Mesut Ozil has announced that he will no longer play for Germany.
The 29-year-old is angrily leaving after being on the receiving end of fans’ backlash, following their early exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Ozil claimed DFB officials turned him into “political propaganda” and declared he doesn’t wear the German jersey with pride.
“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.
“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement but now I don’t.
“This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my team-mates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany.
“But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.
“That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it.
“Racism should never, ever be accepted,” he said in a statement on Sunday.