Mesut Oezil’s management has registered complaint against persons unknown for racist remarks on the Germany midfielder made through Twitter.
Oezil’s advisor Roland Eitel told DPA on Tuesday that the move is designed to deter others from similar action. Oezil’s father said that he wants the person(s) to be identified.
Tweets in which Oezil was the target of racist statements occurred during Germany’s last group game at Euro 2012 against Denmark. The user tweeted that Oezil was no real German and that the national team should only consist of players with German names.
Oezil is of Turkish descent and was born in Germany.
News reports said the profile was started under the name @PiratenOnline. The name appeared to misuse the big internet presence of Germany’s Pirates Party, which said it had nothing to do with the tweets and distanced itself from them.
Twitter reportedly closed the account after some 3,000 tweets and protests from other users.