Özil Excoriates DFB, Retires From International Football Due To Racism

The head of the DFB Reinhard Grindel spoke to Kicker, the German football magazine, recently.

“Many fans were disappointed because they had questions for [Özil] and expected an answer,” he said. “For me, it is absolutely clear that, once he returns from holiday, and with his own interests in mind, he should make his views heard.”

Mesut Özil did just yesterday, flinging a hand grenade into the politics of German football and society in general.

The full messages are below (click to enlarge)

Özil’s justification for meeting Erdogan, for the photograph, is beyond weak. His advisers, particularly those who care for the ‘brand’ – or what’s left of it – failed miserably to warn him of the problems. A demagogue with a sneering contempt for the rule of law, willfully ignoring human rights, crushing opposition and suppressing free speech.

Özil, it is clear, is not interested in making his political views known nor did he want to take a stand against Erdogan. Fear for his safety as some suggest is as weak an argument as respect for heritage and family in this instance.

But whatever the rights and wrongs of that photo, there is no justification for what followed.

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Grindel is the villain. Fuelling Islamaphobia as well as racism against the player and his family should bring sanction from FIFA. This is an organisation who chose to award the World Cup to Russia and Qatar; no sanction will follow. The DFB is not taking action either. While the FA are quick to reward incompetence, they do act equally quickly for social transgressions.

But the FA would not elect an outright racist such as Grindel to power. In two sentences, Özil lays bare the DFB president’s political views: “multiculturalism is, in reality, a myth [and] a lifelong lie”; voting against dual-nationality legislation; voting against punishment for bribery; sneering that Islamic culture is too ingrained in many German cities.

How a man with those views rose to lead an organisation which is obliged to promote multiculturalism and openly tackle phobias is beyond belief yet not surprising. Football doesn’t like logic; the politics of football hates it.

The abuse Özil cites should shock but it doesn’t. Anyone who uses the internet will see terms as bad as those mentioned in his statement, if not a lot worse. The electronic age killed off criticism; it’s just abuse now. Politicians fuel that as well. Back in the day, it was leaflets outside a ground but now they rely on a media which shares their despicable views and vacant minds willing to be manipulated online.

From the narrow footballing perspective, it’s hardly surprising he quit Germany. There was a collective failure among the German players, based on poor decision-making from Joachim Low. Neuer playing instead of Ter Stegen was the first mistake but there were plenty of others. Özil’s stats for the World Cup may look good but in a poor team, they are meaningless.

The Darkest of Clouds

That’s the issue though. It’s a team sport and a failure of three games is collective, not down to one player. And not for one of the better performers in the squad. A low bar, yes, but he exceeded it. In fact, the only other player I can think of who did likewise was Julian Brandt of Leverkusen.

He rightly points out the double standards applied to both Lothar Matthaus and a DFB sponsor, whose activities seem far more questionable. Ethnicity is the only reason Özil received media attention; there’s no point in anyone trying to claim otherwise.

In the end, he pulled the plug on his international career. There is a hint of a door being left ajar with a suggestion the decision could be reversed if Grindel stepped down and the racism addressed. As Özil says, “racism should never, ever be accepted.”

From a purely selfish point of view, it is good news for Arsenal. The remaining summers he is at the club will see him fit for duty from the off, as well as resting during the season-interrupting international breaks. In theory, he should suffer fewer injuries such as the one which interrupted the end of last season.

It’s a thin silver-lining because the cloud it’s emerging from is a vile, deep black.

’til Tomorrow.

77 thoughts on “Özil Excoriates DFB, Retires From International Football Due To Racism

  1. To be fair to Ozil, it was just a photograph and not a political endorsement. Ilkay Gundogan posted the picture, but you do not hear people attacking him in the papers. It is clear the media picked on Ozil, because he is an Arsenal player, he signed a mega contract and he does not run around like a headless chicken and he is often accused of been weak.

    So for all the endorsements cancelled and other things, I think it should motivate him to give his best for Arsenal to silence his critics. I imagine it is what I would do if in such a situation. People refer to Ozil as weak, others refer to him as arrogant. At the end of the week he smiles home to his filthy lucre of sterling notes, that’s where the real beef is coming from.

  2. lari03,

    Spot on, its the contract and lets be honest here, how many of us have not tried to get more or want as much as we could get when we can?

    I hope he has a brilliant season since he doesn’t have to travel with Germany anymore and shuts everybody up.

  3. There is no excuse whatsoever for the blatant scapegoating and racism.

    The abuse wrt phone calls, texts, etc etc cannot be excused no matter what.

    There’s no “but Edorgan” etc, there is no excuse whatsoever.

    People have been led by the nose by the most despicable racists and pond life imaginable.

    They should hang their heads in shame.

    People like Grindel deserve to be taken out and shot at dawn for cowardice (trying to transfer his ineptitude onto Ozil), and for just being a complete racist cunt.

    I’m proud of Ozil for calling him and the other fuckwads out, not forgetting the sponsors’ contribution.

  4. Haha the DfB have put out a statement:

    “We emphatically reject the DFB being linked to racism,” the DFB said in a statement. “The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years.”

    I guess they forgot the part where Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff said the photo should have disqualified him from the Germany national team or the head of the German football federation, Reinhard Grindel demanding an explanation from Ozil for the picture or the fact that BilD who is basically the mouth piece for German futbol and the DfB brutually attacked Ozil over the picture.

    The real shame is that I could only imagine how toxic not only Ozil’s situation is but had France lost, all thise French players with African heritage would have had to go through. I mean there was chatter even though they won the fucking WC.

  5. Exactly Mike SA.

    The outcry when the “Visit Rwanda” campaign was lunched was funny. Arsenal is yet to play a game in Rwanda, that was more of a political stunt. Ozil met Erdogan and all they did was exchange shirts, that does not imply support.

    What is inexcusable is the fact that Joachim Loew messed up and is still on the job. He made poor choices and Ozil was hung out to dry, as the scapegoat.

    Where was Julian Draxler – below par. Where was Timo Werner- he was anything but the CF Germany needed. Boateng got a red card, after a second yellow in the opposition’s half during the game against Sweden. Kimmich was the overlapping full back, who kept shooting and crossing to no avail, defensively he was not tested because they did more attacking. Manuel Neuer had the biggest brain fart of his career and let in a comical goal for S’Korea, the empty net. Khedira was not effective, Kroos could only score a free kick. Hummels was unable to score 3 free headers, when it mattered the most.

    How Grindel watched all this and still claimed it was Ozil’s fault reminds me of a Nigerian U-17 coach. The game was 0-0 until full time against Chile. Then in extra time, the Nigerian team conceded 4 goals and they were knocked out of the quarter finals. When asked how his players could not manage to stop 4 goals in 30 minutes, when it was goalless the initial 90 minutes, the coach answered: ” It was racism”. Funny how incompetence often throws shades at others to hide its own deficiencies.

  6. He is to be applauded.

    We, the Arsenal supporters must get behind him in the stands.

    I’ve lived in Germany for many years and he had shone a light on the ambiguity towards foreigners and citizens with multicultural backgrounds. Germany is not racist per say, however, they have a long way to go, compaired to other countries, in listening to multicultural people, in putting them on our screens in professional roles and functions and in even starting to identify the many examples of instutional racism let alone clearing it out.
    So much is not being reported or kept under the radar. 1. The under resourcing and investment in team Infrastructure. This was because the German FA lost their charity status, thus having to pay millions in tax, because they were caught out, after the fact, of bribing FIFA to get the World Cup staged in Germany.
    2. After 2 weeks of Löwe refusing to talk with FIFA because of that he is offered a contract extension. No doubt this was to cover his ass when the train crash happened. Which did happen, and he kept his job. A strange coinstance since there was no need to extend at that point in time.
    3. Bayern, are the German FA in all but name. No mention these days of briber-in-chief Beckenbauer. Hoeness sticking the knife in today. All creating a diversion away from the smutty dealings of their FA, their car industry sponsers and the reputation of Deutschland AG. It’s their reputation, stupid on the world stage.
    Well done, Özil. 👏

  7. C

    SCAPEGOATING OZIL FOR THE FAILURES OF A WHOLE TEAM OR COUNTRY IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS!

    I’ve never scape goated Messr Özil. I’m simply not seeing him through rose tinted spectacles! It’s indeed because he held the club to ransom to get himself a lucrative contract that I have umbridge with Messr Özil. Because the least I would expect from the club’s highest earner, is the most assist’s and goal’s, pass completion percentage etc, etc. For him to impose himself in a BIG game when we are behind against the opposition and to be a leader on the pitch. You state that he doesn’t run around like a headless chicken. But he also thinks tracking back is beneath him. It his attitude and lack of effort. Why I label him as mercenary. And we’ve seen plenty of them at our club over the years and it’s always fans like lari03 and C which allow these prima donnas to keep taking money from the fans to furnish their lavish life styles and give nothing back. Well you can carry on worshipping Messr Özil but don’t expect the rest of us to do the same.

  8. lari03

    If Ozil does not tackle, that’s his problem. We are paying him, so for the length of his contract, the club should either convince him to tackle, sell him or strengthen the midfield to augment the defensive actions necessary for the club to succeed.

    It’s his contract that’s the issue lari03. We can’t convince him to do anything because the contract is so water tight. Messr Özil and his legal team did a great job in not only ensuring that he is one of the Premier league’s highest earner’s but also ensuring that he is not culpable to management/coaching and making him undroppable. Contractually Emery has to play him, regardless of form. Is it any wonder why the player has the attitude of a mule, with a heavy load in the mid day sun! He won’t track back, he expect’s the ball to be passed to his feet and he will only pass to those whom he deems worthy enough! Team player he is not. Is it any wonder we weren’t getting a team performance when you have a player like this unsettling the dressing room. We can’t convince him to tackle because of the aforementioned contract. We can’t sell him because any interested parties couldn’t afford him and those that can afford him aren’t interested. And we can’t drop him because of aforementioned contract. So don’t expect any miracles next season. We will only move forward as a club once we get rid of those that hold us back as a team.

  9. HenryNorrisDialSquare,

    Opinion and assumptions mascarading as fact.
    Check your premises. There is no such thing as contradictions. And your text is full of them.
    BTW, our club employed Mesut Özil under those terms and conditions. His people and our club negotiated, and we have the result. The only people with accesss of the ‘fans money’ is our club. The only people who can spend ‘our money’ is our club. Got it? I doubt it.

  10. C:
    Haha the DfB have put out a statement:

    “We emphatically reject the DFB being linked to racism,” the DFB said in a statement. “The DFB has been very involved in integration work in Germany for many years.”

    I guess they forgot the part where Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff said the photo should have disqualified him from the Germany national team or the head of the German football federation, Reinhard Grindel demanding an explanation from Ozil for the picture or the fact that BilD who is basically the mouth piece for German futbol and the DfB brutually attacked Ozil over the picture.

    The real shame is that I could only imagine how toxic not only Ozil’s situation is but had France lost, all thise French players with African heritage would have had to go through.I mean there was chatter even though they won the fucking WC.

    Or the fact that they have Grindel, with well documented racist statements from his political past, in charge.

    What a fucking joke they are.

    And as for the jealousy regarding Ozil’s deal, who hasn’t ever asked for a raise, or moved jobs to earn more?

    Basically if you claim you’ve never tried to get the best salary you can either at the place you actually work or moved elsewhere to do so you are either a liar or exceptionally stupid.

  11. All professional footballers are mercenaries. If one gets an outrageous bargain, it does not change the fact that they all look for more money.

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  12. MikeSA,

    I think that’s a little simplistic Mike, a good example is JW who has just taken less money to play rather than maximise his earnings. Most of us aren’t interested in screwing every penny from our employers, we just want to be paid fairly for the work that we do. For me Ozil is badly advised, you can bet that it was his Mr 20% who held the club to ransom, similarly YW is correct, meeting Erdogan wasn’t smart either. Again as YW says that’s no excuse for what followed but a quiet word in his ear from someone a bit more world wise could have saved him a lot of bother.

  13. HenryNorrisDialSquare,

    And what is Ramsey currently doing, is he not holding out for as much money as he can? Remember he turned down a contract even prior to Ozil signing. I think your mixing me up with somebody else because I have never said anything about running around like a headless chicken(again proving my point about you reading). Can you honestly name one player who has stepped up when wr are behind and needed them? I mean if you actually have a glance at the big matches we have won Ozil has been thr one pulling the strings. The shame is, your wanting Ozil to be something he simply isn’t and never really has been on a consistent basis but is clearly capable as he has shown for Arsenal. He will NEVER lead a side in goals, is in the top 4 since his arrival in the PL for assists (others in that group include De Bruyne who gets to play with Aguero, Eriksen who gets Kane and Ozil who had fucking Welbeck in Giroud and would have smashed the assist record if Giroud didn’t have 15 matches of being utter shit). You think I’m looking through rose tinted glasses but I’m looking at reality.

    The problem that people have is that he doesn’t run around like people want but he does, he doesn’t always track back(name me 1 #10/ACM who does all the time or is tasked to do it). Honestly, if your going to call Ozil a mercenary and me part of the reason he gets to have his cushy life then ALL FUTBOLERS ARE MERCENARIES and right, he gives nothing back.

  14. lari03

    The Club was not helpless HenryNorrisDialSquare, Why did the club take so long to get rid of Wenger ? Who has caused more harm, Ozil or Wenger ?

    lari03 you misunderstand me! At no point have I vindicated the actions of the owner, the board, the former manager or the current team. They are all culpable for our failure’s in varying degrees. But it does peeve me some what, when a player as talented as Messr Özil, does not give his all for the paying public. Those who adore him and throw their hard earned money into his pockets. Yet he gives little regard to the fact that he is living a privileged life based on his ability to kick a ball with his feet! He doesn’t save lives, or effect our day to day commute to work. He is merely a sports entertainer. Who has forgotten his purpose is to entertain his public.

  15. HenryNorrisDialSquare:
    lari03

    If Ozil does not tackle, that’s his problem. We are paying him, so for the length of his contract, the club should either convince him to tackle, sell him or strengthen the midfield to augment the defensive actions necessary for the club to succeed.

    It’s his contract that’s the issue lari03. We can’t convince him to do anything because the contract is so water tight. Messr Özil and his legal team did a great job in not only ensuring that he is one of the Premier league’s highest earner’s but also ensuring that he is not culpable to management/coaching and making him undroppable. Contractually Emery has to play him, regardless of form. Is it any wonder why the player has the attitude of a mule, with a heavy load in the mid day sun! He won’t track back, he expect’s the ball to be passed to his feet and he will only pass to those whom he deems worthy enough! Team player he is not. Is it any wonder we weren’t getting a team performance when you have a player like this unsettling the dressing room.We can’t convince him to tackle because of the aforementioned contract. We can’t sell him because any interested parties couldn’t afford him and those that can afford him aren’t interested. And we can’t drop him because of aforementioned contract. So don’t expect any miracles next season. We will only move forward as a club once we get rid of those that hold us back as a team.

    A lot of very inventive assertions there.

  16. andy1886:
    MikeSA,

    I think that’s a little simplistic Mike, a good example is JW who has just taken less money to play rather than maximise his earnings. Most of us aren’t interested in screwing every penny from our employers, we just want to be paid fairly for the work that we do.For me Ozil is badly advised, you can bet that it was his Mr 20% who held the club to ransom, similarly YW is correct, meeting Erdogan wasn’t smart either. Again as YW says that’s no excuse for what followed but a quiet word in his ear from someone a bit more world wise could have saved him a lot of bother.

    Wilshere didn’t exactly have options falling at his feet, did he?

    His options were to pull a Winston Bogarde or try and get his career going somehow.

    And how come Ozil gets slated for doing what Wenger did, contract after contract, seeing as the club management allowed him to, and Ramsey is not getting anywhere near the same shit for exactly the same thing (the Barca’s of this world aren’t exactly beating down the door for him, are they?).

    Simplistic?

    Maybe, but I don’t really think so.

    The Erdogan thing?

    Its a free world, and the DFB clowns happily schmoozed up to Putin without close on zero criticism.

    The hypocrisy makes it very clear that the scum were looking for any excuse, especially after the cluster fuck they made of the WC campaign.

    They didn’t expect him to turn around and piss on their shoes, so fuck them, they’re cunts and deserve to get fucked up for it.

    Rindel should be hounded out of office and strung up.

    So should Hoeness and that other arsewipe.

  17. andy1886,

    Not for nothing but the JW thing also came down to Emery making it clear Jack really didn’t have a place in his plans so even saying he toom less money is being a bit simplistic. Ozil is thr highest paid player at the club, if the club didn’t want to do it then so be it but they did. I think, for me it comes down to if people want to give players a clean slate under a new manager then lets see what happens. Its just amazing to me that Ozil is getting slated for holding the club for ransom but isn’t Ramsey doing the same now having turned down multiple offers (one even before Ozil signed when his).

  18. Indeed C and lari03, I’m not disputing that we would all like more money in our occupations. But after securing said lucrative contract, the average person would be expected to earn it by proving they were worth the money. Thus providing the employer with value for their money. I don’t feel I’ve had value from Messr Özil. Perhaps there is reverse prejudice from those who would use religion, ethnicity as a weapon against those who don’t wish to merely follow the course!?

  19. We sadly live in A World that is unjust.

    FIFA will do nothing YW.

    Ozils point about how He he’s always referred to as a German Turk in the German Press yet Podolski or M Klose whom are of Polish parentage never have this.

    In the US a Person of European descent is never referred to as Euro American yet you have Afro American.

  20. MikeSA

    Oh little do ye know! Carry on my misguided friend. I’m sure you’ll get the performances you are expecting from Messr Özil and you’ll be spouting how wonderful he is when we finish outside of the top four with no trophy in sight.

    Although I agree whole heartedly about your sentiments regarding the DFB. I wouldn’t p!ss on any of them if they were on fire.

  21. C

    The problem that people have is that he doesn’t run around like people want but he does, he doesn’t always track back(name me 1 #10/ACM who does all the time or is tasked to do it).

    David Silva, Kevin DeBruyne

  22. MikeSA,

    Agree with you Mike re Holness and Rindel both are Idiots whom wield power in their particular spheres.

    However I don’t see anything happening at all for the remarks made.

  23. HenryNorrisDialSquare,

    David Silva doesn’t always track back as he presses high up the pitch and De Bruyne plays in the CM role next to Fernandinho.

    Lets see what happens this season under Emery who likes to press high and play at tempo.

  24. C

    Were not slating Ramsey because as of yet no deal has been done. If the club are sensible they will sell him. So that’s why were not slating Ramsey. At the point when those involved with player’s contracts are stupid enough to give Ramsey a contract similar to Messr Özil, then believe me, if he doesn’t perform on the pitch and earn every penny of that new contract, the sensible Arsenal fan base will be on his case. And not because he’s Welsh, but because we’re fed up of mercenary’s and we love our club. I suspect we may have a few (Tottenham, Liverpool, Man Utd supporters amongst our ranks!)

  25. C
    Lets see what happens this season under Emery who likes to press high and play at tempo.

    Whatever happens the likes of you will continue to defend him

  26. You know thinking about it YW. The goal scored by Mexico might have been saved if it was a different keeper.

  27. MikeSA,

    Mike, as far as I can recall Ozil didn’t exactly have clubs beating a path to his door either. Without the perceived PR disaster that losing both Ozil and Sanchez would have been for the club that deal would never have happened. Politicians rightly get flack for cosying up to criminals like Erdogan but they have the excuse that it’s their job. Any sensible footballer should steer well clear. Anyone who believes that a politician wouldn’t use meetings with sports stars to bolster their image must be incredibly naive. Again I’ll repeat that doesn’t excuse what followed but I’ll also add that we should care about ALL human rights abuses be it racism in the case of Ozil or the oppression and murder of minorities by Erdogan and his cronies.

  28. C,

    Hello C how are you mate ? Hope your well.

    I still think We are short of 2-3 players. A seasoned central defender, CDM and a player whom can play wide, has a trick or 2 up his sleeve and pace.

    A major issue at the Club has been there have been no leaders amongst the Personnel. AW assembled a Group of Players in his own image.

    I can’t in my vision what will be the spine of the Team. From top to back as it’s easier we know Auba is going to be first name on Team sheet , but whom else stands out ?

    Is It Leno or Cech in Goal? Defensive pairing(s)? The Midfield? Except for Torreira it’s the same usual suspects.

    Last year Everton brought in a number of Players. They struggled.

    Liverpool aa much as I can’t stand them have signed some serious players. Keïta is a serious player and add Fabhino to the mix you have to give props where it’s due to Klopp.

    Not being in rhe CL for 2 consecutive seasons had reflected upon whom We could realistically approach and sign .

  29. MikeSA

    On the contrary dear chap. You have yet to convince me of otherwise! Until such time I shall hold you in this esteem.

  30. Max Meyer is available on a free transfer, last time I read. Nobody is willing to give him 150,000 a week.

    Ramsey may hold the club to ransom and leave as a free agent, because Mourinho was interested in him.

  31. HenryNorrisDialSquare,

    Isn’t that the thing, he is currently holding out for more money when, if reports are true, there has been several increases offered to him. Sensible, well lets see what happens with that and when Ramsey signs.

  32. Well it would help if Messr Özil knew a bit about defending before you go defending him! I’m not saying it’s all Özil’s fault. I’m just saying it’s frustrating to know the talent that he has and the lack of effort on his behalf. Then when I see these ridiculous posts on Twitter of him flaunting all of that money yet we don’t see that reflected on the pitch. Well that really gets my goat up!

  33. andy1886,

    Just cause we can chat sensibly, I guess the Queen and PM May need to make better decisions having met and photo’d with Erdogan too 😂

  34. Your confusing the common man with royalist and politicians. The common man doesn’t give a sh!t about what the Queen does or the PM as they don’t have our best interests at heart. As far as I’m concerned they’re all criminals or some form or the other. So why shouldn’t they mix with folk of a similar ilk!? It doesn’t excuse Messr Özil from making a faux pas!

  35. Ras,

    I’m well, hope all is well with you too.

    I agree with we probably need a player or two.

    Personally I like Leno and think he will come good for us. Torriera is a brilliant signing and I think he will show his quality and I would love another player in their to pair with him in that midfield. A proper winger like Martins would be a really good buy because it would allow both Aubameyang and Lacazette to feat both together and giving one a rest.

    As far as CB, well that will be interesting because defensively we know Arsene could give a shit but Emery cares so that will be something to watch. I don’t think Mustafi is as bad as he is made out but needs proper coaching to continue to develop.

    Your right about Liverpool, Fabinho for me is a BRILLIANT player and Keita will help them be even more dynamic while helping them defensively.

    It still feels like we could see more players coming in with some heading out. The big thing is what happens with Ramsey, I feel like if we find a replacement then he will be shifted out but if not then he stays.

  36. C,

    Actually I would agree with you about May. But then again she is from a party that would do a deal with Satan if there was a few quid in it for them. One of her predecessors that you may have heard off, Margaret Thatcher, was a good friend of white Apartheid South Africa denouncing Nelson Mandela as a ‘terrorist’. It’s worth bearing that in mind. I’m very unlikely to vote for her or her party but would be even less so based that decision.

    As for good old Liz the Queen does whatever her ministers tell her to do. I doubt that Erdogan would be on her ‘love to meet list’. There were protests (although not as many as there were for Trump) when he made his visit.

  37. andy1886,

    Thanks for that, they all sound like a bunch a cunts, well minus Ol’ Lizzy. Its just a shame that Ozil is coming under such criticism for a picture when the other famous futboler isn’t even being mentioned and others are killing Ozil but well others have taken photos with him.

  38. I think the other thing that has to be appaluded is that for all the criticism that Ozil has taken, he decided to take on Germany and the DfB.

    I also found it interesting that the only current German player that seema to be standing next to him, at least publicly is his mate Boateng who has always been outspoken himself.

  39. Great post yogi.

    Sports fans have been disagreeing about the merits and influence on the pitch/field of their favorite players for as long as there have been professional sports. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan. However it should not degenerate into profanity or personal disrespect and it’s even worse when it becomes racism or persecution because if a mans faith. When it’s racism or blatant xenophobia that seems to be sanctioned by the governing body of a nations sport it’s as bad as it can get. We are only hearing one side of the story but if what we hear is true I hope Grindel gets fired. My only source of information about the political and social situation in Germany has come from ACLF but I hope that the far right wing social element that would persecute ozil for his ethnicity or his religion are a very small minority of the German people at large.

  40. YW

    No picture today, I’m certain that I would have got the connection, had there been one 🙂

  41. Pete the Thirst:
    But Nicky said you represented the Salvation Army?

    Yes, but Nicky, bless his little cotton socks, is more than just a little “confused”, to put it politely.

    If I was less polite, I’d maybe just call him a fucking idiot. 🙂

    Wrt to the original discussion you’re merrily pulling the piss on, I also don’t make shit up about fictitious contract clauses to suit my argument either.

    But hey, that’s just me. 🙂

  42. andy1886:
    MikeSA,

    Mike, as far as I can recall Ozil didn’t exactly have clubs beating a path to his door either. Without the perceived PR disaster that losing both Ozil and Sanchez would have been for the club that deal would never have happened. Politicians rightly get flack for cosying up to criminals like Erdogan but they have the excuse that it’s their job. Any sensible footballer should steer well clear. Anyone who believes that a politician wouldn’t use meetings with sports stars to bolster their image must be incredibly naive. Again I’ll repeat that doesn’t excuse what followed but I’ll also add that we should care about ALL human rights abuses be it racism in the case of Ozil or the oppression and murder of minorities by Erdogan and his cronies.

    Maybe he didn’t, but the club decided to give him the contract he settled for.

    He could have gone and earned a fat signing on bonus at a new club if he’d wanted to, I don’t think he would have struggled to find a new club if he’d needed to.

    He’s played for Madrid. Yes, he was sold by them, but Sanchez was sold by Barca and I never noticed any angst over that.

    In terms of the Erdogan issue, I think his explanation is perfectly reasonable.

    In terms of his silence on the issue, he’s a fairly shy and private guy compared to many in that profession (which the media hate – remember how they treated Anelka), so why was it an issue for him to hold his counsel on it?

    There would have been very little, if any noise on the issue if racist retards like Rindel hadn’t climbed on the bandwagon.

    It’s very telling that Rindell was pissed off that Ozil made a joint statement with Steiner that he wasn’t party to. He’s an unethical little scumbucket.

    And btw, Erdogan was actually democratically elected. As was Trump for that matter.

    I don’t particularly like Trump, but I wouldn’t jump in with both feet if some or other player were photographed meeting him.

    I have a Turkish nephew in law (if that’s a thing?), and from what I understand there are cultural norms with respect to exactly what Ozil is referring to.

    I live in a country where there is huge cultural diversity, and it’s often a case of sitting back and putting yourself in the shoes of others before you judge their perspectives on things (not that I’m particularly good at that, mind you).

    IMO there are far too many people demanding that Ozil should be something or someone he isn’t.

  43. Ras:
    MikeSA,

    Agree with you Mike re Holness and Rindel both are Idiots whom wield power in their particular spheres.

    HoweverI don’t see anything happening at all for the remarks made.

    Based on some comments by the ex PR chief of the DFB there is talk and pressure in German footballing power circles for Rindel to be forced to resign.

    So maybe not, but we can perhaps live in hope?

    FIFA’s response is beyond pathetic, but then I doubt anyone would expect any better from the slime balls in that organization.

  44. From a purely football standpoint Germany needs to move on from the current group of players. The style of play they get from the ozil kroos khederia Muller axis is clearly well past it’s expiration date. Moving on from those players will be addition by subtraction for them

  45. MikeSA

    We are only hearing one side of the story but clearly any high level executive in a national football club as important as Germany needs to be sacked immediately if there is a hint of racism.

  46. Bill,

    I’m confused, what do you mean only one side. I think, in this situation all you have to do is actually take a look at what is happening. Sure the picture was with Erdogan and maybe wasn’t the best thing to do but then again its quite interesting the same people that are attacking him are the same ones enjoying time with Putin, so there ya go.

  47. Bill:
    MikeSA

    We are only hearing one side of the story but clearly any high level executive in a national football club as important as Germany needs to be sacked immediately if there is a hint of racism.

    Well, we’ve now heard the other side, the DFB issued a “rebuttal”, but it has to be remembered that Rindel has documented racist utterances from his time as a politician, so the DFB statement is worth less than the paper its written on.

    They also didn’t exactly refute Ozil’s very detailed criticism, they merely claimed that they focus on programs promoting diversity.

    That’s easy to claim but its pretty doubtful when the person leading your organisation has documented comments refuting exactly what you claim to stand for.

    In terms of Hoeness, I’d forgotten that the man is a convicted felon.

    So yes, apart from him making shit up (hang on, we had a poster on here earlier who did the same thing, is there a link? :-0 ), which was proven by several commentators (including The Sun of all publications), to be complete rubbish through actual listing of factual information (you should have a gander yourself btw), Hoeness is a scum bucket who stole money from Germany by hiding tax that could have built schools, hospitals, etc etc.

    He’s a lag, he spent 2 years in prison for it (nearly 300m Euro btw), so who’s the better person, Ozil, who gets involved in charity work, sponsors operations for poor kids in different countries, supports a program to integrate poor kids in his home town by setting up a football program, or Hoeness, who’s a fucking thief and liar?

    On top of that, Hoeness’ team (Bayern), had 8 players in the German squad, with those that played being significantly shitter than Ozil, so where were his comments on them?

    Hoeness is a piece of shit.

    Take a look at the company of those criticising Ozil: Rindel – documented racist; Houness – convicted thief; Bild – lickspittle mouthpiece of the DFB; the other chop, ex German captain – happy to glad hand with Putin but hypocritically criticise Ozil; the Afd – just take a read, they make British National Front look like choir boys, etc etc.

    There’s no “oh, was it really that bad”, yes it was.

    The previous chief of DFB has outright cited that its a problem that the DFB have failed Ozil.

    The previous PR chief of the DFB has called it despicable and stated that Rindel is the worst chief the DFB have had in over 50 years and that senior football power brokers are talking about getting rid of him because of this disaster.

    I’d hope that Arsenal fans would rally behind Ozil, even if they don’t particularly like him as a player, and I see many are, but there will still be many arseholes no doubt who don’t.

  48. MikeSA,

    I think that we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one Mike. Plenty of dictators have been democratically elected, some of the biggest criminals in history in fact. Controlling the media and intimidating opponents is a remarkably effective way of being ‘democratically’ elected. To get involved with such characters is at best naive, at worst extremely foolish.

  49. I understand the politics. I know the implications and the way it works. The deep seated bigotries and the ‘correct’ way to interpret events.

    Can we please remember that this is an Arsenal and football blog? Personally, I do not need the ‘real world’ to intrude too much on what should be a joy. It’s the modern world, scratch the surface and all the issues show themselves in their naked nastiness and prejudice. It’e part of the price that we all pay for living in ‘enlightened times’/

    Can we have some football please/

  50. andy1886:
    MikeSA,

    I think that we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one Mike. Plenty of dictators have been democratically elected, some of the biggest criminals in history in fact. Controlling the media and intimidating opponents is a remarkably effective way of being ‘democratically’ elected. To get involved with such characters is at best naive, at worst extremely foolish.

    I’m no fan of Erdogan, but seeing as he very recently won an election that wasn’t deemed to have been rigged, I’d struggle to describe him as a dictator. You’re equating him to Mugabe. It isn’t even close yet, although it might well get there some time.

    An very unpleasant person who is responsible for human rights violations?

    Would definitely agree on that.

    However, what’s the difference for sportsmen when it comes to Trump tearing kids away from their parents? Or Bush and Blair lying to start a war that killed thousands? Or your pal Maggie who’re you so fond of?

    I’m sorry but climbing on Ozil’s case for the Erdogan meeting, where he discussed football only, and bearing in mind he has family in Turkey too, and that Ozil was not the one who made the “my president” comment, not was he the one who published the photo, whilst conveniently ignoring the glad handing around Putin and all those who’ve cosied up tot he other’s I’ve mentioned, I simply think the criticism is weak and ill founded.

  51. consolsbob:
    I understand the politics. I know the implications and the way it works. The deep seated bigotries and the ‘correct’ way to interpret events.

    Can we please remember that this is an Arsenal and football blog? Personally, I do not need the ‘real world’ to intrude too much on what should be a joy. It’s the modern world, scratch the surface and all the issues show themselves in their naked nastiness and prejudice. It’e part of the price that we all pay for living in ‘enlightened times’/

    Can we have some football please/

    Sorry!

    I’ll put a cork in it now.

  52. MikeSA,

    All fine, my friend.

    I get it, I really do but lets talk excitement about the new start at Arsenal and not rehash the realities of a fucked up world.

  53. Great post, Yogi. Clear thinking and morally rigorous. An Arsenal football blog, but so much more!

  54. consolsbob,

    I have to admit I’m really looking forward to the new season, something I haven’t felt in quite some time.

    I’m not expecting miracles, I think treading water for the first season would be a good, solid start.

  55. Interesting to see Henry might be taking over from Steve Bruce at Villa?

    Not finalised apparently, but I wouldn’t have guessed that one somehow.

    We were chatting about Frank Lampard earlier, I see he’s taken over at Derby.

    I think he’ll make a good manager, I always liked him.

  56. consolsbob,

    I get Mike, I truly do because the problem with Ozil and those that are criticizing Ozil thus calling him to retire from playing futbol for a country he loves is that they are bringing the nastiness and utter shit side of futbol and real life to light.

    I think the best thing that Mike said is that in a time when it seems like the world is against him, we remember that like it or not, Ozil is ours, he a Gunner who has helped bring success to our club so lets get behind in, in a time when others berate not the player but the man.

    Luckily, there is futbol on Thursday and even though its just preseason, I would love for nothing more than Ozil to just play with freedom and joy along with his mates.

    Have to say, Ozil is going through utter hell in the public eye and still he smiles during training doing the thing he loves….long live thr King of Assists Ozil.

  57. MikeSA,

    Mike, I want it to be 100% clear I’m no fan of Thatcher as my point about her calling Mandela a ‘terrorist’ should have indicated. Nor did I support Bush/Blair’s foreign adventures. Just to be completely clear.

    And back to football…

  58. andy1886,

    I know you don’t Andy, I was just pulling your leg. 🙂

    Sometimes I just like to make an attempt (often poor, I know), at humor just to lighten it all up a touch.

  59. C

    “I think the best thing that Mike said is that in a time when it seems like the world is against him, we remember that like it or not, Ozil is ours, he a Gunner who has helped bring success to our club so lets get behind in, in a time when others berate not the player but the man.”

    Personally I don’t give a hoot about Messr Özil apart from his performances on the pitch for the club I love. As for the success that Messr Özil has brought to our club, did you mean the CL and PL title or were you talking about a couple of F.A. cups? Success indeed!

  60. MikeSA

    So yes, apart from him making shit up (hang on, we had a poster on here earlier who did the same thing, is there a link? :-0 ), which was proven by several commentators (including The Sun of all publications), to be complete rubbish through actual listing of factual information (you should have a gander yourself btw), Hoeness is a scum bucket who stole money from Germany by hiding tax that could have built schools, hospitals, etc etc.

    Is it my fault you can’t see what’s right before your eyes!? Deluded springs to mind.

    As for your political agenda, I couldn’t care less. This is a football blog mate. I’m here to discuss my dislike for a player who could do more on the pitch for AFC and doesn’t.

  61. CannonFodder:
    HenryNorrisDialSquare,

    Opinion and assumptions mascarading as fact.
    Check your premises.There is no such thing as contradictions.And your text is full of them.
    BTW, our club employed Mesut Özil under those terms and conditions.His people and our club negotiated, and we have the result.The only people with accesss of the ‘fans money’ is our club.The only people who can spend ‘our money’ is our club.Got it?I doubt it.

    I repeat at no point have I condoned the actions of the club in giving mercenary player’s like Messr Özil ridiculous contracts. What I take umbrage to is the fact that since getting his big pay day, he’s done little of value on the pitch. Let me spell it out for you, if you were to get a pay rise in your current occupation, it would be because your employer is rewarding you for going above and beyond what it is you are paid to do. Also external factors may play a part in any financial remuneration, i.e. market rates etc.

    Now since getting your pay rise, lets say your performance in your occupation (let’s imagine your employer is using KPI’s to measure your performance) goes below that of a co-worker who is doing the same job as you but on half the money. What do you think your employer will do? My guess is they would put you on some sort of performance management plan to get you back up to the high standards you set which earned you a pay rise in the first place. But imagine you had a contract that didn’t allow them to do that. You are in fact now sitting pretty and you can spend your time on social media, lauding all of the cash you’ve earned because of some complete idiot’s mis-management. But it doesn’t mean the shareholders (fans) have to like it! Get it!? I doubt it!

  62. Messr Özil was rewarded with a new contract not based on his performances on the pitch for AFC but because his contracts team took advantage of a situation. i.e. as andy1886 stated:

    “Mike, as far as I can recall Ozil didn’t exactly have clubs beating a path to his door either. Without the perceived PR disaster that losing both Ozil and Sanchez would have been for the club that deal would never have happened.”

  63. I am pleased however that he has retired from international football. Because there will be no excuses when he plays crap for AFC. Let’s hope AFC benefit from his early international retirement.

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