Mesut Ozil announced his resignation from the German National Football Team and explained that the discrimination he has experienced was the reason for his actions. In addition, he raised serious allegations against DFB President Reinhard Grindel on his Twitter account.
‘Perhaps Ozil’s recent stance may achieve or possibly trigger more than what previous victims of known racist treatments have not had the chance to.’
In order to ensure that the AfD do not become the new right in Germany, Merkel’s government has increasingly adopted populist discourses.
Having met President Erdogan in London, national German players with Turkish roots, Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, have been subject to severe criticism from both German politicians and media outlets.