Mesut Ozil owes Germany fans Erdogan explanation - DFB chief Reinhard Grindel

This Twitter user wasted no words to describe Mesut's performance

Twitter This Twitter user wasted no words to describe Mesut's performance

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.

Reigning champions Germany suffered a shock group stage exit at the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, finishing bottom of their group and suffering defeats at the hands of Mexico and South Korea.

In particular, he and Ilkay Gundogan have come under fire for being pictured meeting controversial Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan prior to the tournament, which Oliver Bierhoff, the team's public relations manager, admitted could have been seen as a reason to leave him out of the squad.

But the midfielder's father, Mustafa Ozil, in an interview with Bild am Sonntag, said: "This statement is insolent".

"So it's very clear to me that Mesut, when he returns from vacation, should also publicly give his view".

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Whilst German FA president Reinhard Grindel has called for Ozil to explain himself over the photo.

But, as effectively the No. 2 in the Germany set-up, he anticipated "profound changes" after the dismal campaign in Russian Federation, for which he said the entire squad should take "collective responsibility". The photographs also unleashed a storm of criticism from lawmakers across Germany's political spectrum.and the country's football federation, all of whom argued that Erdogan does not sufficiently respect German values."I think the fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the photos did not bother the team but the debate was ongoing. He's booed and put up as a scapegoat - I completely understand that he is offended", he added.

If we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil. And who knows what'll happen at the next match?

"We have never compelled players in the German national team to do something, but always tried to convince them when it comes to certain things", Bierhoff, Germany's team director, told Friday's edition of Die Welt newspaper. "But if I were in his place, I'd say - thanks a lot but that's it!"

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