German midfielder, Mesut Ozil has been the scapegoat of Germany’s early exit from the World Cup and the fans have been pretty harsh on the Arsenal star.
He even got into a shouting match with some of the fans after Germany’s defeat to South Korea which the defending Champions lost 2-0.
Ozil’s father, Mustafa has described his son as “Bent, disappointed and offended” and saying that if he were in his son’s shoes, he’d never play for Germany again.
“If I were in his place, I would say: ‘Thank you, but that’s enough,’” he said to Bild am Sonntag.
“He’s bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the international in Austria and he cannot understand why.
“He doesn’t always have to defend himself. He’s played in the national team for nine years … and became a world champion.
“It’s always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.
“He’s booed and put up as a scapegoat – I completely understand that he is offended.
“Mesut’s been an example for years. The situation is absurd – he loves Germany and has shown commitment to his country, that he’s presented as a scapegoat is so unfair.”
He also commented on his son’s photo with Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan, which was a big cause of the problems Ozil faces now
He said: “I thought: ‘This isn’t such a good idea.’ But I didn’t think: ‘Uh oh, everything is collapsing now,
“It wasn’t the first photo of Mesut with Erdogan, I knew it wasn’t a political statement from him or anything like that.
“He had it taken out of politeness. Mesut is a reserved person, almost shy, how could he have turned down a photo if a man like Erdogan asks him?
“Mesut is an athlete who wants to play football and has nothing to do with politics, which is why he did not think anything about the picture.”