Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called the criticism of Arsenal star Ozil’s Germany retirement “complete nonsense”. Ozil came under fire for his under-par performance at a World cup where the entire German team had arguably one of their worst outings at the World stage. Critics questioned his public appearance with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the tournament and it didn’t go down well with the German fans and this led to the 29-year-old retiring from International football. He stated that he faced immense racism and disrespect due to his Turkish roots. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness added to the drama by saying that Ozil should not have been selected for the World Cup due to his performances for Arsenal, saying “we would have been spared the whole theatre” of the fallout from his retirement.
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Klopp believes that what Ozil faced was due to numerous politically motivated acts and that it shouldn’t have any place in the sport. He says, “In politics, little things have always been blown up and big things pushed away in order to continue, Normally, intelligent people tend to hold back because it is not easy to say the right thing. I would count myself too. All those who have no idea are loud in these conversations.”
Ozil and German teammate Gundogan were subject to many jeers from the German fans before and during the World cup. The Manchester City man who is also from a Turkish descent was coached by Klopp at his previous club Dortmund.
Klopp on Özil/Gündogan:
“Two guys were lured by politically intelligent people for a photo. I don't doubt their loyalty to our homeland. The difference is they also have another nationality. Cultural diversity – where is the problem? That's beautiful.”
The man oozes class. pic.twitter.com/MzteBnjaHz
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He says, “I don’t doubt these guys, at least about their loyalty to our homeland. The difference is that they have one more thing (in their heritage)… that’s beautiful, Cultural diversity, we all thought it was cool around the (Germany-hosted) 2006 World Cup… now two guys are seduced by politically intelligent people to have a photo, and then have relatively few opportunities to say what they want 100 percent right.”
“That’s why I find this discussion hypocritical. Bad things happened because people were not informed properly. Even the media should not create a buzz around something like this every day. Just cool off and see the people behind it.”