Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
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Ozil's claims of racism are nonsense: Kroos

Ozil's claims of racism are nonsense: Kroos

Whilst Kroos is set to continue his global career, one German who won't be is Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil - who recently announced his retirement from worldwide football after reports of racism from the German FA and fans towards him.

Ozil retired from his Germany career following a disappointing World Cup in which Joachim Low's side crashed out at the group stage for the first time ever.

"I think he himself knows that racism doesn't exist in the national team or the DFB.

"Mesut is a deserved worldwide and as a player he deserved a better departure", he told Bild.

However, Ozil's team-mate Kroos said the way he resigned was not in order.

"The proportion that is well and properly addressed in [Ozil's] statement is unfortunately overshadowed by the much higher proportion of nonsense", the Real Madrid star told Bild .

The retirement came after Germany was knocked out of World Cup competition, failing to reach the knockout rounds and suffering their earliest exit in 80 years.


Ozil insisted that the meeting, which took place prior to the World Cup, was neither politically motivated nor an endorsement of Erdogan, and that he would have met the Turkish president regardless of who it was.

In a three-part statement, Ozil accused the German FA president Reinhard Grindel of racism.

The Arsenal midfielder had claimed that the lack of support from the German federation made him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt".

The 28-year-old Kroos, who has won the last three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, has no plans to follow Ozil into worldwide retirement. He said: "I will continue on my way to the European Championship in 2020 and have set myself as a big goal, that we are significantly more successful there than last".

"I had several good, long talks with Toni and am delighted that he has chose to continue playing for the national team and go towards Euro 2020 together with us", Loew said.

The 29-year-old Arsenal midfielder said, "I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful". This is the only way from my point of view and I am grateful to Jogi for his understanding.

Loew welcomed Kroos' decision to stay on.

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