- Hector Bellerin backs Mesut Ozil for his decision to dump the national team
- The Arsenal midfielder recently retired from international duties for Germany
- The Gunners have also welcomed their playmaker back to training after a long break
Hector Bellerin has praised Mesut Ozil for his decision to retire from the German national team over the ‘racism and disrespect’ he has received.
The Arsenal playmaker released a lengthy three-part statement on Sunday in which he defended his decision to meet with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just before the World Cup.
The meeting caused controversy in his homeland, and Ozil revealed for the first time that his family were subjected to threatening phone calls and hate mail as a result.
The 29-year-old also lashed out at the German football federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel, saying he had a ‘racially discriminative background'.
Ozil linked joined his club teammates for their pre-season tour at the weekend, and clearly has the backing of the Arsenal dressing room judging by Bellerin’s message of support.
"Surreal that someone who has done so much for his country on and off the pitch has been treated with such disrespect," wrote Bellerin on Twitter, retweeting the second part of Ozil’s statement.
‘Well done Mesut Ozil for standing up to this behaviour!
Arsenal also made a statement on their social media handle welcoming their star player back to training after a long break.
Ozil won 92 caps for the German national team since making his debut nine years ago, scoring 23 times and winning the World Cup in 2014.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness verbally attacked Ozil after calling it quits with national team.
The Bavarian president said the Arsenal midfielder was looking for an excuse to cover his poor performances at the World Cup.
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