Germany’s Soccer Star Mesut Özil Quits in Protest of Racism

HeadlineJul 24, 2018

Germany’s star soccer player, Mesut Özil, has quit in protest of the racism he’s faced for his Turkish roots. In a four-page letter, the star midfielder wrote, “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.” He said he was scapegoated and blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup performance and that he received a flood of hate mail after a photo surfaced of him posing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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