The agent of Mesut Ozil has given a strong response to Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness’ scathing reaction to his client’s international retirement.
The Arsenal playmaker called time on his Germany career in a strongly-worded statement at the weekend – citing, in particular, a racist undercurrent towards him in the guise of actual criticism of his performances.
Hoeness, however, believes that this, and the reaction to his decision to pose for a photo with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was simply a handy excuse to hind behind, a convenient excuse to cover up for being “shit for years” (as he put it).
In a statement released to GOAL on Monday, Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut hit back against Hoeness’ “foolish” view on events, insisting that the Bayern man is completely misunderstanding why Ozil is walking away from the 2014 World Cup winners.
“The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. He is trying to divert attention away from the real issue, the issue of racism and discrimination in Germany, which is resurging once again within everyday German society.
“As Mesut said in his statement, he accepts reasonable and fair criticism of his football, and deals with that as part of the job. However, Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated. In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists – which is a German record – and five-time German player of the year – three of which come after 2014.
“Mr Hoeness, we will not waste any more time or energy talking about a subject clearly you know nothing about. Not only are you a disgrace to yourself, but also and more importantly a shame to Bayern Munich and the people of Germany.”
The full statement is available here.
Ozil won 92 caps for the German national side, playing a prominent role in their World Cup success in Brazil four years ago. However, he became a lightning rod for criticism this year as the defending champions crashed out in the group stage this time around with two defeats from three games.