The German Football Association (DFB) has admitted that they have made mistakes in the situation involving Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. The midfielder met up with Turkish president Recep Edrogan ahead of the 2018 World Cup and had several photo’s taken. Many Germans then questioned the actions of Ozil and the midfielder was then made a scapegoat after the 2014 world champions were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages.
After the tournament Ozil decided to retire from international football as he felt the allegations towards him were wrong. In a lengthy statement he then said: “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”
And DFB general Friedrich Curtis has now admitted the DFB should have protected Ozil more. “The DFB made mistakes in dealing with the events surrounding the Ozil case. A photo became a burning glass for many topics. The moment there were racist allegations, we missed the time to meet with the player”, he said during a meeting with young scholars at the Deutschland-Stiftung Integration.