German FA boss admits to Ozil mistakes

So much love’ Mesut Ozil thanks Arsenal fans for support in wake of racism row

So much love’ Mesut Ozil thanks Arsenal fans for support in wake of racism row

As DFB president, I do not wish to shy away from this debate.

Ozil was criticised after meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the World Cup, alongside team-mate Ilkay Gundogan.

Meanwhile, Grindel has outlined how the DFB can move forward in the wake of the Ozil saga and the World Cup debacle after Germany crashed out following the group stages in Russian Federation.

FILE--President of German football federation, DFB, Reinhard Grindel speaks during a finance press conference of the DFB in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 2, 2016.

More than 22 percent of Germany's population have a foreign background but many migrants share Ozil's sentiment of being treated as "German when we win, immigrant when we lose", and that feeling has become stronger since the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Can said.

In a four-page statement announcing his decision to quit playing football for Germany on Sunday, Ozil singled out football federation (DFB) boss Reinhard Grindel with harsh words.

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"Looking back, as president I should have said unequivocally what is natural for me as a person and for all of us as a federation: any form of racist hostility is unbearable, unacceptable and intolerable".

Many greeted Ozil's claims of racism with scepticism, prompting thousands of others to come forward with their own experiences, attempting to highlight a problem that people from majority communities rarely experience.

He has faced calls to resign in recent days from critics who fault his crisis management.

The playmaker has walked away from worldwide football after a career that included a World Cup win in 92 appearances, 23 goals and 40 assists for Germany. UEFA will hold a meeting on September 27 to choose between them. ". [Hosting] the tournament can write a whole new story for football, bringing children into clubs and bringing people closer together, both with and without migrant backgrounds - united by football".

Meanwhile, Germany's parliament speaker added his voice to criticism of how the DFB handled the Ozil case. "That's a shame", Wolfgang Schaeuble, told media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has no reason to believe that his teammate Mesut Ozil is distracted. Germany midfielder Ozil has announced his retirement from worldwide soccer, alleging racial discrimination. Arsenal is scheduled to play Atletico de Madrid on July 26, at the National Stadium.

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