Germany's football association (DFB) responds to 'racism and disrespect' from Mesut Ozil
Posted: 23 July 2018 Time: 20:00
Germany's football association (DFB) has responded to allegations of racism from Arsenal's Mesut Ozil - who claimed he no longer wants to represent the country.
Ozil announced his intention in a rant via his social media account on Twitter, citing the treatment from high-ranking German officials as his main reason.
DFB have since 'emphatically rejected' being linked to racism and 'regretted the departure' of the 2014 World Cup winner.
"The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years," the statement read.
"It is regrettable that Mesut Ozil felt that he had not been sufficiently protected as a target of racist slogans."
It stressed its commitment to equality, saying: "The DFB stands for diversity, from the representatives at the top to the boundless, day-to-day dedication of people at the base."