Statement from League President Dr. Reinhard Rauball and DFL CEO Christian Seifert:

“Jerome Boateng has the full support, in a sporting sense and as a person, of German professional football in its entirety. The statement that one wouldn’t want to have him as a neighbour is unjustifiable. Above all, it deliberately targets prejudices and plays politics with a prominent footballer. Football and society as a whole are urged to completely distance themselves from such thoughts. It cannot be tolerated and is beyond comprehension.”

Statement from Benedikt Höwedes on Twitter:

"If you want to win titles for Germany, you need neighbours like him"