German populist party slams Muslim soccer player Ozil

Source. The Local

The attack comes a week ahead of the start of Euro 2016 in France, and hard on the heels of racially disparaging remarks about another German footballer, Jerome Boateng, from a member of the same Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

In an interview published on Sunday in the newspaper Die Welt, AfD co-leader Frauke Petry accused Ozil, formerly of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but now with Londoners Arsenal, of setting a poor example for children.

“It’s a pity Mesut Ozil, someone so many children and adolescents identify with, does not sing the national anthem,” she was quoted as saying.

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