The DFB released a statement, rejecting Mesut Ozil’s racism claims against President Reinhard Grindel. Ozil retired from international football and his statement accused the country’s football association and in particular, Grindel of racism.
The statement read,“We reject the notion that the DFB is associated with racism.” “The DFB stands for diversity, from the representatives at the top to the boundless, day-to-day dedication of people at the base.”
Germany’s football governing body also said that they regretted Ozil quitting international football. They said, “The DFB is very grateful to Mesut Özil for his outstanding performance in the jersey of the German national teams.”
“It is regrettable that Mesut Özil felt that he had not been sufficiently protected as a target of racist slogans. But it was important that Mesut Özil, like İlkay Gündoğan before him, gives answers to the photo (with Erdoğan).”
“In the DFB, we win and lose together, as a team. The DFB would have been happy if Mesut Özil had wanted to remain part of the team on this shared basis. He decided otherwise.”