'Scapegoat' Ozil should quit German team, says father

Mesut Ozil

GETTY Mesut Ozil sat out the end of Arsenal's season with a back injury

The father of Mesut Ozil said Sunday his son should quit Germany's national squad after he was "made the scapegoat" for Die Mannschaft's shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.

Mesut Ozil should explain to the Germans why he met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says the president of the German FA (DFB) Reinhard Grindel.

His failure to speak out "has disappointed many fans, because they have questions and expect answers", Grindel told Kicker magazine in an interview to be published Monday.

"So it's very clear to me that Mesut, when he returns from vacation, should also publicly give his view".

'We did not succeed in that with Mesut and so maybe we should have considered being without him (at the World Cup) on a sporting level'. "It's fair we give a well-deserved global who made a mistake a chance".

Defending champions Germany were touted as the favourites to reclaim the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation given the tremendous quality in the squad but to their misfortune, the European giants suffered a shock exit from the group stages.

Mustafa said of that episode: "This statement is insolent". "In my opinion, it is aimed at saving one's own skin", he said according to AFP.

He doesn't always have to defend himself.

If I were in his place, I would say: "Thank you, but that's enough".

Yet this meeting drew a lot of criticism from German fans because they believed it was a sign he is not truly loyal to his country - not to mention that President Erdoğan has been labelled a dictator for his controversial policies in Turkey. It has always been: "if we win, we win together." he told the Bild.

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger explained: 'I know Ozil well, he is a fantastic, exceptional footballer but him and [Ilkay] Gundogan suffered from what happened before the World Cup. "He's played in the national team for nine years ... and became a world champion", Ozil's father added. "But that's just my very personal opinion", he said.

"It's fair we give a well-deserved global who made a mistake a chance", he said.

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