Mesut Ozil's agent hits out at Kroos, Neuer and Muller for denying racist claims

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has and always will be a divisive figure in world football.

Widely regarded as a world-class playmaker and the best No.10 on the planet, the German has also been accused of being lazy and weak down the years.

He sparked even more controversy in the summer by retiring from the Germany national team after their woeful showing at the 2018 World Cup.

Ozil's reason for quitting was due to feeling racially abused and disrespected by DFB president Reinhard Grindel.

"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," said the 29-year-old in a powerful statement, which was released on all his social media channels.

Ozil received a lot of support from fans and figures in football for his decision but saw his claims rejected by some of his old Germany teammates.

Toni Kroos labelled his racist accusations as "a lot of nonsense" while Thomas Muller said the idea of racism existing in the Germany national team was "absolutely out of the question".


Manuel Neuer also suggested Ozil didn't wear the Germany shirt with pride: "We must have players who are really proud to play for Germany."

It's been two months since Ozil announced his retirement from international football and now his agent, Erkut Sogut, has added fuel to the flames with a response to Kroos, Muller and Neuer.

Sogut has labelled Neuer's comments about Ozil as "unacceptable", accused Muller of not understanding the situation and demanded an explanation from Kroos.

"Neuer indirectly accused Mesut of not having worn the German jersey with pride. This is unacceptable," Sogut told German magazine 11Freunde, per Goal.

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"Muller did not understand the whole discussion. And Kroos, as a seasoned national team player, should explain what he means by 'nonsense'.

"Those [observations] were disappointing and out of context. There are only two explanations for these declarations: they are either naive or calculated."

Ouch. This isn't the first time Ozil's agent has come out and defended him, with Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness also feeling his wrath recently.

"The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football," said Sogut after Hoeness labelled Ozil a "poor excuse of a footballer".

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