By Chineze Ogugua
The German Football Association (DFB) has come out to reject racism claims by Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil after the 29-year old attributed his resignation to racism by the football body.
Ozil announced his retirement at the weekend with the caption: “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”
The midfielder received hate mail and threats after their ouster from the group stages of the just concluded World Cup.
In a statement released by DFB, it said: “We regret the departure of Mesut Ozil from the national team.
“It is regrettable that Mesut Ozil felt that he had not been sufficiently protected as a target of racist slogans.
“We emphatically reject the DFB being linked to racism. The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years.
“The DFB stands for diversity, from the representatives at the top to the boundless, day-to-day dedication of people at the base.”
Before his early retirement, Ozil recorded 92 caps with the national team, and was voted the national team’s player of the year by fans five times since 2011.
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