"Racism and disrespect".

Those were the reasons Mesut Ozil gave for quitting the German national team after being blamed for Germany's shock defeat in the first round of this year's World Cup.

He created a media storm that erupted after he had his picture taken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.

Critics began to question his loyalty and accused him of loving Turkey more than Germany. Ozil was born in Germany to parents of Turkish background.

The German football association has rejected Ozil's claims of racism. So, how will Germany's and Europe's multicultural societies deal with this issue?


Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Yusuf Kanli - journalist and former editor of Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News.

Erich Laaser - football commentator and radio host.

Julien Duez - French sports journalist and writer. 

Source: Al Jazeera News