Germany manager Joachim Low has slammed Mesut Ozil for ignoring him after his dramatic retirement from international football at the end of July.
Ozil was largely criticised for Germany’s failed World Cup campaign, in which the team failed to pass through the group stages.
The row began when Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan posed for a picture with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in a meeting held before the World Cup which was criticised by the German FA and the DFB.
Politicians in Germany also questioned Ozil’s loyalty to the national cause. Ozil has Turkish ancestry but grew up in Germany.
“His advisor called me to inform me that Mesut would issue the third part of his statement,” Low was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“The player himself did not call me, which normally players have done in the past.
“Mesut has still not called me and for the last two weeks I have unsuccessfully tried to reach him.
“Mesut made allegations of racism, but I can clearly say that in the DFB, there has never been racist comments.
“Players with an immigration background have always enjoyed playing for us and nothing has changed.
“He has chosen this path – I have to accept that.”