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Ozil's father urges him to quit Germany duty

11 July 2018

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.

Germany were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages following eye-catching defeats against Mexico and South Korea.

Germany team boss Oliver Bierhoff implied Mesut Ozil should have been dropped from the World Cup squad over a pre-tournament scandal - then back-tracked in an embarrassing twist on Friday.

Bierhoff says he and head coach Joachim Loew should have seriously considered leaving Ozil out of the final squad for Russian Federation.

"I think he will step down. In my opinion, it is aimed at saving one's own skin", Mustafa Ozil told Bild.

"[Ozil] no longer wants to explain himself, he no longer wants to have to defend himself all the time".

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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.

Ozil senior said that Mesut was being made a scapegoat for Germany's failures in Russian Federation. "I can understand if he feels insulted", said the midfielder's father.

And he added: "The hurt has grown too strong". And who knows what'll happen at the next match. He's played in the national team for nine years moreover, became a world champion.

Ozil has still not commented, however, which is something DFB chief Reinhard Grindel says needs to be rectified.

"The fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the pictures did not bother the team so much, but the debate went on and, in retrospect, I would have tried to deal with this issue more decisively", Bierhoff admitted in the Die Welt interview.

I would personally be very surprised if he dons the Germany shirt ever again after the disgusting scenes when the Germans were knocked out of the World Cup, and Ozil showed his massive disappointment in his treatment by the fans.

Ozil's father urges him to quit Germany duty