Erdogan Calls Ozil, Hails Decision To Quit German Team


Turkish FA president Yildirim Demiroren has jumped to the defence of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

The midfielder brought his global career to an abrupt over the weekend, citing what he called "racism and disrespect" for his Turkish roots and claiming he had been made a scapegoat for the team's World Cup failures after a controversial meeting with Turkish leader Erdogan in May.

He said he spoke to Ozil on Monday night and described his attitude as meriting the highest level of admiration, adding Ozil's critics "could not stomach" the photograph of the soccer star and Erdogan that prompted criticism ahead of the World Cup.

Germany is home to about three million people of Turkish descent - a point regularly raised in political debate in the country, where immigration and the rise of far-right parties are key issues for many.

Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaus has told ESPN FC that Mesut Ozil will not be missed following his worldwide retirement, adding "his time to play in the national team is over" based on his recent performances.

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza took to Twitter on Monday to voice her support for German footballer Mesut Ozil. "Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance", Loew's agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.

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Although Ozil may have found failings with his worldwide team, the player's club side Arsenal were quick to welcome the player back as he reported for training on Tuesday for the first time since the story unfolded.

"Mesut made a good job for Germany in [previous] years but in the last one-and-a-half years he didn't hit the same performance like four years ago when we won the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil against Argentina".

"We are against racism, religious discrimination and we condemn those who act in this way", mayor Mustafa Semerci said, according to DHA news agency.

"I think football is football, politic is politic", said Matthaus, who met met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin during the World Cup.

Ozil, who has now joined the Gunners' pre-season tour in Singapore, on Tuesday posted his first tweet since the furore erupted.