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Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil came under widespread criticism after Germany's early exit from the 2018 World Cup.

The German FA is demanding Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil explain his reasons for being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.

After the World Cup, Germany team manager Olivier Bierhoff claimed Ozil's decision to meet with Erdogan and not address the issue afterwards affected the squad and even claimed he regretted calling up the Arsenal man to the World Cup squad.

Slamming the critics, Mustafa said that Ozil is bent, disappointed and offended because his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the worldwide in Austria. "But if I were in his place, I'd say - thanks a lot but that's it!" Mustafa Oezil told the Bild newspaper.

Ozil and Germany teammate Ilkay Gundogan, who are of Turkish heritage, were criticised by politicians and Grindel for having the picture taken with Erdogan in May and booed by fans in subsequent matches.

It wasn't the first photo of Mesut with Erdogan, I knew it wasn't a political statement from him or anything like that. "He has contributed a lot for this country", he said.

But, as effectively the No. 2 in the Germany set-up, he anticipated "profound changes" after the dismal campaign in Russian Federation, for which he said the entire squad should take "collective responsibility". "I can understand if he feels insulted", said the midfielder's father. "Until now we never had to force national team players to do something but always tried to convince them of something", Bierhoff said in an interview with Die Welt on Friday. "He's played in the national team for nine years ... and became a world champion", Ozil's father added.

"The hurt has grown too strong".

Ozil has still not commented, however, which is something DFB chief Reinhard Grindel says needs to be rectified. In Mesut's place, I would step down.

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