Toni Kroos Denies Mesut Ozil’s Racism Claims, Says Reasons for Retirement ‘Nonsense’

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Toni Kroos criticized former Germany teammate Mesut Ozil for the way Ozil announced his retirement, calling his reasons “nonsense”.

Ozil, 29, announced his international retirement last month citing racism and disrespect from the German football federation (DFB), and president Reinhard Grindel bdue to of his Turkish roots.

“Basically, Mesut is a deserved international and as a player, he deserved a better departure,” Kroos said,¬†according to Bild. “But the way he resigned was not in order.”

“The parts in his statement that are rightly addressed are unfortunately overshadowed by the significantly higher amount of nonsense,” Kroos said. “I think he knows very well that racism within the national team and the DFB does not exist.”

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.

“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote at the time.

Kroos is sticking with the team.

“I will continue towards Euro 2020 and have set myself the goal of being far more successful there than in the recent past,” Kroos stated.

“I had a good talk with [coach] Joachim Low. We will find solutions together so that I can get a break here and there. For me, that’s the only way, and I am thankful for Jogi’s understanding.”