‘I can clearly say that in the DFB, there has never been racist comments’: Germany boss Joachim Low rejects claims made by Mesut Ozil as he slams player for refusing to speak to him
- Joachim Low says he has been snubbed by Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil
- Germany boss has tried to contact the player after his international retirement
- He expressed disappointment that Ozil hadn’t told him personally of his decision
- Ozil came in for heavy criticism after being pictured with the Turkish President
Mesut Ozil has been condemned by Germany manager Joachim Low for refusing to take his calls since retiring from international football and accusing the country’s FA of racism.
The Arsenal playmaker quit after Germany failed to get out of their World Cup group amid unrest over Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan – both of Turkish descent – posing for pictures with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The German FA criticised the pair and Ozil responded with his racism claims.
Joachim Low says he has been ignored by Mesut Ozil in his attempts to contact the player
The Germany boss refuted the player’s claims of racism in the national team at his conference
Low said: ‘Mesut’s adviser called me to inform me Mesut would issue the statement. The player himself did not call me, which normally players have done in the past.
‘Mesut has still not called me and for the last two weeks I have unsuccessfully tried to reach him. He has chosen this path. I have to accept that.’
Low has dismissed Ozil’s accusations of racism at the country’s FA.
He said: ‘Mesut made allegations of racism but I can clearly say that in the DFB (German FA) there has never been racist comments.
Arsenal star Ozil announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup
He came in for criticism after posing for photos with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan
‘Players with an immigrant background have always enjoyed playing for us and nothing has changed.
After the German FA’s criticism of Ozil for meeting Erdogan, who has been accused of human rights abuses, politicians in Germany questioned Ozil’s loyalty to the national team.
In a controversial statement announcing his international retirement, the Arsenal star cited the ‘racism and disrespect’ he believes he faced due to his Turkish roots.
Making reference to DFB president Reinhard Grindel, Ozil said: ‘In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but an immigrant when we lose. I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat.’
Meanwhile, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust’s members are refusing to voluntarily sell their shares in the club to Stan Kroenke in an act of defiance against his takeover.
Kroenke owns all but 733 of the 62,217 Arsenal shares and will now acquire them through a forced takeover.
Low revealed he has been attempting to contact Ozil for the last two weeks without success