Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Turkish FA president Demiroren defends Arsenal star Ozil

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mesut Ozil Iwobi name in Arsenal's 25-man squad for pre-season tour
Edward Snyder | 24 July, 2018, 19:55

Ozil, and fellow German footballer Ilkay Gundogan-also of Turkish ancestry-had met and posed for pictures with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the latter's visit to London in May.

Authorities in the town have removed a street sign on "Mesut Ozil Avenue' of the playmaker wearing a Germany national team jersey".

Fellow German global Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City was also present at the London meeting with Erdogan on the president's visit to Britain, as well as striker Cenk Tosun of Everton who was born in Germany but represents Turkey. "He has now made a decision that must be respected", Reuters reported Ulrike Demmer as saying.

However, the team failed to get beyond the group stages of the recent World Cup in Russian Federation, despite being one of the favourites. It doesn't matter, I don't care. "Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance", Loew's agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.

Earlier on Monday, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness accused Ozil of "playing crap for years" and failing to "win a tackle since the 2014 World Cup".

"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.




He said he spoke to Ozil on Monday night and described his attitude as meriting the highest level of admiration, adding Ozil's critics "could not stomach" the photograph of the soccer star and Erdogan that prompted criticism ahead of the World Cup. And he's normally a leader but in the last one, two years, he didn't show he's a leader, he didn't show the right performance.

Although Ozil may have found failings with his global 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. "It's time for changes!"

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at global level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", the player said.

"I think we don't have a problem".

"Stand for Ozil and say no to racism. He has a problem to find now an answer of this 'retired from the national team'".

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