Turkey: Ozil's ancestral home replaces star's German signs after racism row

Workers replaced signs bearing Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil wearing a Germany shirt with an image of the attacking midfielder alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the town of Devrek on Tuesday. The signs, which read 'Mesut Ozil Avenue', were replaced in his ancestral hometown after a racism row saw the Arsenal star step down from international duty. The 29-year-old, who was... Еще born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany, was widely criticised for posing in a photograph alongside the Turkish President, with many questioning his loyalty to German 'values.' He retired from the German national team citing 'disrespect, insults and pressure.' Ozil's family hail from Devrek, although Mesut himself represented Germany on 92 occasions and was an integral figure in their 2014 World Cup win.

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