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'Scapegoat' Ozil should quit German team, says father

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Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2018, 14:25

Mesut Ozil's father has hit out at the way his son is treated in Germany, saying he has been made a "scapegoat" following Germany's early KO at the World Cup.

The Arsenal star started two of Germany's games but was dropped against Sweden as the 2014 champions crashed out in a shocking group stage exit.

Prior to the tournament, Ozil was pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and this caused huge controversy back in Germany, so much so that Arsenal midfielder was booed in the pre-tournament friendly matches.

"I thought: 'This isn't such a good idea.' But I didn't think: 'Uh oh, everything is collapsing now, '" he said.

Ozil and his German team mate Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were already under pressure coming into the tournament. The photographs also unleashed a storm of criticism from lawmakers across Germany's political spectrum.and the country's football federation, all of whom argued that Erdogan does not sufficiently respect German values."I think the fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the photos did not bother the team but the debate was ongoing".

"He no longer wants to explain himself, he no longer wants to have to defend himself all the time".

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'It's always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.

Ozil struggled in Russian Federation as Joachim Low's side failed to make it out of Group F.

"Until now we never had to force national team players to do something but always tried to convince them of something. I can understand if he feels insulted", he said.

"He's a player, you know him as well, who is pretty quickly upset, he doesn't like his criticism, he doesn't want to talk".

He said the treatment was "so unfair", adding that, "he needs to decide for himself".

"In my opinion the only reason to say these things is to try and save your own head". In Mesut's place, I would step down.

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