It's been a tough and emotional summer for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.
Back in May, the 29-year-old came under huge scrutiny for meeting and being pictured with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has strong views on German politics.
Ozil grew up in Germany but has Turkish ancestry, yet the German FA (otherwise known as DFB) condemned his actions.
He was then part of the Germany squad that crashed out of the World Cup in the group stages last month, which inevitably saw Ozil made a scapegoat.
Germany were heavy favourites to defend their crown but lost two out of their three group games to Mexico and South Korea.
And because of the abuse he's received, Ozil has now retired from international football.
In a powerful statement, the playmaker confirmed his decision to step down from the national team due to the "racism and disrespect" he has faced recently.
OZIL GIVEN NO CHOICE
"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect," he wrote.
"I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.
"I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly."
Retiring from international football is a decision Ozil clearly felt he needed to make, not that he wanted to make, and now FIFA have been caught up in the storm.
In response to Ozil's sudden retirement, FIFA tweeted the Arsenal man congratulating him but without mentioning the fact it was because of racism, which hasn't gone down very well.
"[Mesut Ozil] has called time on his international career with [Germany]," the tweet reads. "Congratulations on being a part of [World Cup] history while wearing the shirt, Mesut."
FIFA's decision to ignore the racism aimed in Ozil's direction, despite being an anti-racism establishment, has angered football fans, as you can see in the tweets below.
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