Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has found himself on the end of some nasty backlash following his resignation from the national team
The German playmaker had resigned from Germany’s national team citing racism and an unfair criticism of him following a picture he was in with Turkish President Recip Erdogan.
Since then while he has received some support, he has also been roundly criticised by many including his German team mates such as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.
He has found an unlikely ally in Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp who is also German and who said that he never doubted Ozil or Gundogan’s allegiance.
Speaking to Sports 1, “This is a classic example of absolute misinformation and, of course, complete nonsense,” he said.
“In politics, little things have always been blown up and big things pushed away in order to continue.
“Normally, intelligent people tend to hold back because it is not easy to say the right thing. I would count myself [among those people] too. All those who have no idea are very loud in these conversations.
“I do not doubt these guys, at least about their loyalty to our homeland. The difference is that they just have one more thing [in their heritage]. Where is the problem? That’s beautiful.
“Cultural diversity, we all thought it was really cool around the 2006 World Cup. I saw these fantastic commercials where the parents of Gerald Asamoah and Mario Gomez had a barbecue party together.
“And now two guys are seduced by politically quite intelligent people to have a photo, and then have relatively few opportunities to say what they want 100 per cent right.
“That’s why I find this discussion hypocritical. Bad things happened because people were not informed properly. Even the media should not create a buzz around something like this every day. Just cool off and see the people behind it.”