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Germany’s Mesut Ozil donates World Cup winnings to sick children of Brazil, not Gaza

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After Germany defeated Argentina to win the World Cup on Sunday, reports began to circulate (mainly on social media) that midfielder Mesut Ozil would donate his winnings from the event to the children of Gaza, who are suffering amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Ozil will be donating his winnings — nearly $600,000, the Telegraph reports — to needy children, but not the children of Gaza. Instead, Ozil will help out sick children in Brazil.

“The claim that Mesut donated money to Gaza is not true,” Roland Eitel, Ozil’s agent, told the Independent. “Maybe in the future, who knows? He donated money to causes in Brazil and he is now on holiday.”

Ozil himself took to his Facebook page to clarify things and explain his generosity:

“dear fans,
prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. this is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil. #Bigshoe #Brasil2014

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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