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Low Germany underestimated the impact of Mesut Ozils photo with Turkish

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low feels that the impact of Mesut Ozil’s photo with Recep Tayyip Erdogan was underestimated by the DFBOzil and Germany team-mate Ilkay Gundogan were on the receiving end of a lot of backlash from the German public after meeting the controversial Turkey president prior to the World Cup.While Gundogan apologised for the incident, Ozil remained silent on the subject.The Arsenal playmaker retired from international football at the end of Germany’s terrible title defence at Russia and accused the home supporters of racism and discrimination towards him for his Turkish ancestry.He also hit out at the German Football Federation (DFB) over its handling of the incident.Speaking for the first time on the matter, Low rejected Ozil’s claims of racism.Although he accepts more could have been done in regards to the Erdogan backlash.“Mesut Ozil has not called me until today,” said Low, according to SportsKeeda.“Mesut Ozil has clearly overstated his allegations of racism.“I think we underestimated the situation with the photos, I too underestimated. I thought, when the two met [Germany president Frank-Walter] Steinmeier, that we could concentrate on the World Cup.“This theme has also cost strength. For me, it was clear that I selected Mesut Ozil for sporting reasons.“Why I have not said something on this incident so far: It was like that his advisor called me late in the afternoon on Sunday.“He has informed me that Mesut will publish the third part of his statement.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The player himself did not call me. In the past, there have always been good discussions with players in such cases. He has chosen this path, I have to accept that.“There never was a kind of racism. Throughout the time I was at the DFB, there has never been racist comments in our team.“Mesut and Ilkay have always identified with the values of the national team.”Having to leave the World Cup already after the group stage hurts so much. We just weren’t good enough. I’ll need some time to get over it. #SayNoToRacism #Worldcup #Russia2018 #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/mFOOhYQZen— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) June 29, 2018Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff also rejected Ozil’s claims.“I spent nine wonderful years with Mesut in the national team,” Bierhoff said.“He is just a great footballer and has helped us to have this success and become world champion. But I clearly reject the racism accusation.”Germany and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger sympathised with his former team-mate.“What I don’t understand in this whole discussion is why some people are discussing whether there is racism within the national team,” he said.“Mesut himself never said that in one sentence! I think it’s extremely sad how this has developed.”last_img

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