Loew rejects Ozil's accusations of racism in German FA

Merkel on Ozil debate ‘Mistreatment of immigrants must be taken seriously

Merkel on Ozil debate ‘Mistreatment of immigrants must be taken seriously

Germany manager Joachim Low has broken silence over playmaker Mesut Ozil's alleged racism enforced retirement.

Ozil, who has Turkish roots, resigned from "Die Mannschaft" aged just 29, citing being made a scapegoat by the media for the country's group stage elimination at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, as well as criticism for a picture with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan one month before the tournament started.

Both players, who share Turkish roots, were criticised before the World Cup for meeting with controversial Turkish president Recep Erdogan.

A World Cup victor with Low in 2014, Ozil, 29, retired from global duty following Germany's dismal performance at this past summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, citing the abuse he received for embracing his Turkish roots.

On Tuesday, Ozil's former Germany teammate Ilkay Gundogan spoke out in support of the player, claiming he himself had sought treatment from a psychologist after suffering racist abuse from fans.

"Mesut did not call me, not to this very day".

'Mesut Ozil did not even call me.

"I have tried by phone and text message but I have not been able to reach him". I must accept it. "I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first".

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Ozil walked away from the German set up after the World Cup, complaining of facing "racism and disrespect" and specifically took aim at Grindel.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane returns to the Germany squad for next month's matches against France and Peru, but there is no place for Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira.

Loew says "the biggest mistake" he made in Russian Federation was to assume Germany could reach the knock-out stages by playing possession football.

Following Germany's World Cup debacle, finishing bottom of their group in Russia, Loew announced on Wednesday that assistant coach Thomas Schneider has been demoted to chief scout.

"That was nearly arrogant".

"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose". "I wanted to take our game to the limit and flawless it", admitted the 58-year-old.

"I think we underestimated the situation with the photos, I too underestimated it", he explained.

The 2014 world champions were left humiliated after they were condemned to their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years.

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