Ozil's father: My son's getting whistled at and made a scapegoat

Ozil's father: My son's getting whistled at and made a scapegoat

Mesut Ozil's father Mustafa has said that he would retire from global duty with Germany if he was in his son's shoes.

The still-reigning world champions went out in the group stage in Russian Federation after a string of lackluster performances for their earliest tournament exit in 80 years.

Slamming the critics, Mustafa said that Ozil is bent, disappointed and offended because his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the global in Austria.

"But (the) fact is that Mesut, for obvious and specific reasons, could not have said what was demanded from him". Mustafa Oezil told the Bild newspaper.

Ozil and his German team mate Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were already under pressure coming into the tournament.

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"He no longer wants to explain himself, he no longer wants to have to defend himself all the time".

Yet this meeting drew a lot of criticism from German fans because they believed it was a sign he is not truly loyal to his country - not to mention that President Erdoğan has been labelled a dictator for his controversial policies in Turkey. He is now whistling from the stands, Mesut made a scapegoat.

"He has been playing for nine years in the German team. including becoming world champions". He's bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the global in Austria and he can not understand why. "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 needs to decide for himself".

And he added: "The hurt has grown too strong". His ineffective performances in the first two group matches of Germany saw him benched in the final group game, which eventually turned out to be their last match in the ongoing world cup. In Mesut's place, I would step down. He said the team management take that feeling of alienation "very seriously".

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