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Ozil’s agent criticizes German national team, coach

Erkut Sogut has defended his client Mesut Ozil

Football agent Erkut Sogut has hit back at Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos, who have suggested Mesut Ozil’s decision to to quit the German national team was “nonsense”.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, has criticized several German football players and defended the former international’s photo with Turkish President Recep  Erdogan.

“Off the pitch he made no mistake. It stays that way,” Erkut Sogut told the German football magazine 11Freunde.

Ozil quit the German national team in the aftermath of the Erdogan controversy and Germany’s early elimination from the World Cup. In a statement at the time, he said he would no longer play for Germany while “I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”

Sogut said subsequent statements on Ozil’s decision from former teammates Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos were “disappointing and out of place.”

Kroos had said in an interview last month with Bild newspaper that Mesut’s reference to racism was “nonsense.” Kroos added: “I think that he himself knows that racism does not exist within the national team and the DFB (German football federation).”

However, Sogut said Ozil had not spoken of racism in the team, and added that coach Joachim Loew had also “defended himself against a charge that has never been raised.”

Ozil “was racially attacked not by the team, but by the middle of society – the DFB should have protected him,” he said.

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