Jerome Boateng slams Germany players for reaction to Mesut Ozil's retirement

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Mesut Ozil's decision to quit the Germany national team due to racism continues to make headlines - two months after the announcement was made.

Following the 2018 World Cup, where Germany failed to make it past the group stages, the Arsenal man released a powerful statement confirming he no longer wanted to play international football.

Ozil accused DFB president Reinhard Grindel of racially abusing and disrespecting him all because of a picture taken with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Grindel blamed Ozil for Germany's poor showing in Russia, which prompted the latter to say: "I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose."

Despite showing bravery to report racism within the Germany national team, Ozil received barely any support from his compatriots.

Toni Kroos labelled his racist accusations as "a lot of nonsense" while Thomas Muller said the idea of racism existing in Die Mannschaft was "absolutely out of the question".

Manuel Neuer also suggested Ozil didn't wear the Germany shirt with pride: "We must have players who are really proud to play for Germany."


Indeed, only Julian Brandt defended the 29-year-old by saying he wasn't to blame for their elimination.

And that appears to have annoyed Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, who has slammed his international teammates for not supporting or thanking Ozil after his retirement.

"Where were the players who thanked Mesut?" said the centre-back recently. "Apparently, many did not dare to comment because they thought that it won't please the German fans.

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"We're talking about a great player who became world champion with us, who earned a lot of caps, who has also changed German football.

"A No.10 with a migration background - that's a great thing. Then to leave the way he did, I think that's a pity."

Fair play to Boateng for publicly siding with Ozil, who made 92 appearances for Germany and deserved a proper goodbye.

It's a shame the rest of the Germany players don't feel the same way - or at least don't have the guts to say they do.

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