Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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Authorities in the ancestral Turkish town of soccer star Mesut Ozil have erected a new street sign showing him posing with President Tayyip Erdogan after the player quit the German team, saying he faced "racism and disrespect" for his Turkish roots. "I see the football player Mesut Ozil and he didn't perform like before".

Ozil announced the decision in the third part of a lengthy statement released on his Twitter account, with the first part explaining the reasoning behind his controversial photograph with Turkey president Recep Erdogan and the second update criticising how the media and sponsors reacted to the incident.

Such a meeting - which came before Germany produced their worst World Cup performance for 80 years - caused significant controversy, culminating in Ozil announcing his retirement from worldwide at the weekend.

Former Germany captain Matthaus admits an unfortunate situation has been hard for all concerned but feels Ozil has been a fading force for a few years, telling ESPN FC: "I think football is football, politics is politics".

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Matthaus said Ozil had done "a good job for Germany" in previous years but of late had failed to "hit the same performance" that helped them win the 2014 World Cup, and it was time to move on to new players.

In those nine years, Ozil has played 92 times for his country, scoring 23 goals along the way.

Though a collective failure of the team, in Ozil a section of German media and politicians found a flawless scapegoat.

The midfielder has less than two years on his current contract with the Gunners. His retirement has more to do with politics, and Germany's social fissures.

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