Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Turkish FA president Demiroren defends Arsenal star Ozil

Erdogan says treatment of Germany's Ozil racist and unacceptable Turkish President Erdogan comes to Ozil's defence
Sergio Cook | 24 July, 2018, 20:56

Ozil, 29, won the World Cup with Germany four years ago, but was also part of Joachim Low's squad which failed to progress from the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation. Ozil says he and Gundogan talked about football with the president.

"I think his time to play in the national team is over".

"I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish", said Ozil, who was repeatedly singled out for criticism after Germany's woeful performance at the World Cup saw them crash out after the group stages.

However, the team failed to get beyond the group stages of the recent World Cup in Russian Federation, despite being one of the favourites.

Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among the stars travelling with the Arsenal team, who were welcomed by their eager fans outside Changi Airport.

"He is trying to divert attention away from the real issue, the issue of racism and discrimination in Germany, which is resurging once again within everyday German society". His retirement has more to do with politics, and Germany's social fissures.

The third-generation Turkish-German was born in Gelsenkirchen and was a key member of his country's 2014 World Cup-winning side.

In a lengthy three-part statement, released section-by-section during the course of the day, Ozil meticulously detailed his account of his meeting with Erdogan, the media criticism that followed and then launched into a scathing attack on Grindel and his supporters before confirming his worldwide retirement.

"I never speak against Uli Hoeness, but OK, Uli Hoeness was very angry this morning because this was too much the last two months about Mesut Ozil", Matthaus said.

Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role.

Although Ozil may have found failings with his worldwide team, the player's club side Arsenal were quick to welcome the player back as he reported for training on Tuesday for the first time since the story unfolded. After Ozil announced his retirement, Hoeness had said in an interview to Sport Bild, "I am glad that this scare is now over".

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