Sunday, 1 August 2021

Racism should not and will not be accepted: Sania Mirza

LONDON: Sania Mirza backed the German midfielder Mesut Ozil in stating that racism “should not and will not be accepted under any circumstance.” Ozil, in a series of tweets, put out a statement in which he declared his retirement from the German national team. “I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.

The decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough,” he said.

Sania said that Ozil’s statement is the saddest thing to read as an athlete, “and more importantly a human being.”

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