Mesut Ozil’s agent has launched an attack on three German players after criticism of his client following his international retirement. Ozil, who was born in Germany and is of Turkish descent, appeared to all but quit international football after the World Cup following accusations of racism against him because of his family heritage.
His remarks were widely criticised by a number of players in the squad, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Golden Boot winner, Thomas Muller and Real Madrid star Toni Kroos, who was quoted on two separate occasions decrying Ozil’s words.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was also scathing of the 29-year-old Arsenal attacking midfielder, who did not have a great World Cup and has come under scrutiny for his average club form over the past couple of seasons.
However, his agent Erkut Sogut has hit back at all those claims.
“Neuer indirectly accused Mesut of not having worn the German jersey with pride,” he told 11Freunde. “This is unacceptable.
“Muller did not understand the whole discussion. And Kroos, as a seasoned national team player, should explain what he means by ‘nonsense’.
“Their comments were more than disappointing – and also out of place. There are only two explanations: they are either naive or scheming.
“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.”