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A German right-wing populist politician who caused outrage by racially disparaging footballer Jerome Boateng followed up Friday by saying the national team is "no longer ... German in the classical sense".

Alexander Gauland, of the Alternative for Germany (AFD) party, also questioned the loyalty of German-born international Mesut Ozil, who is of Turkish origin, for making the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The controversy follows hot on the heels of a row last week which saw far-right German group Pegida slam pictures of black and Middle Eastern children on chocolate bars -- only to discover the photos were of current Germany internationals as youngsters.


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