The agent of Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil has launched a scathing attack on numerous Germany stars after their reaction to his post-World Cup decision to quit the international scene, in quotes made to 11Freunde via The Guardian.
Ozil was widely criticised ahead of the World Cup in Russia for meeting controversial Turkey president Recip Tayyip Erdogan and carried a large burden of the blame for Germany’s failures in the defence of their crown.
The Arsenal ace quit international football as a result of the incidents, issuing a 2,000-word statement that identified racism and disrespect within the national side from sections of the media and fans, which has been slammed by a trio of current Germany internationals.
Champions League-winning midfielder Toni Kroos claimed there was a ‘lot of nonsense’ in Ozil’s statement, while Bayern Munich duo Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller also hit out at their former international colleague.
While Ozil has kept silent on the matter, his agent Erkut Sogut has now spoken out against the trio while pointing out that the statement from his client has been largely misinterpreted.
“Neuer indirectly accused Mesut of not having worn the German jersey with pride. This is unacceptable,” he told 11Freunde.
“Muller did not understand the whole discussion. And Kroos, as a seasoned national team player, should explain what he means by ‘nonsense’.
“[Joachim] Low defends himself against an accusation that has never actually been made: Mesut has not been racially abused from within the team but from the midst of German society. The German football association should have been more protective in this case.”
Ozil scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Everton but has attracted criticism for his performances early in the campaign from his own fans on Twitter.