Mesut Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut came out firing at Germany internationals Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos, calling their response to the Ozil’s withdrawal from the national team “either naive or scheming.”
The Arsenal star announced his retirement from the national team a few weeks after the team exited the World Cup, citing racism at the top of the German FA and in parts of the German society.
“Neuer indirectly accuses Ozil of not having worn the Germany jersey with pride. That’s unacceptable,” Sogut said, according to 11 Freunde magazine. “Muller did not get the discussion. And Kroos as a seasoned national team player, should explain what he means by ‘nonsense.'”
Germany coach Joachim Low also denied racism, and Sogut fired back.
“Low defends himself against an accusation that has never been actually made,” Sogut said. “Mesut was not racially insulted by the team, but rather from the midst of German society. And the DFB should have protected him.”
Sogut pointed the blame at Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“If anyone wants to distract here, then it’s them,” Sogut said. “From the performance of their players [at the World Cup], from evading taxes and not paying taxes on Rolex watches as well as from nepotism in their own club.”
“Rummenigge’s brother Michael and Hoeness’ brother Dieter are player agents. And Michael wanted to poach Mesut a few years ago.”