Ozil's father criticises Oliver Bierhoff as German recriminations intensify

Mesut Ozil

GETTY Mesut Ozil courted controversy in the lead up to the World Cup

The father of a Germany star has urged his son to quit the national team after being made a scapegoat following Die Mannschaft's shock exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 29-year-old Arsenal player came under heavy criticism in Germany after the World Champions crashed out in Russian Federation, finishing bottom of their group.

Ozil who is of Turkish heritage was photographed alongside Germany team-mate Ilkay Gundogan with controversial Turkey president Erdogan the day before Joachim Low's squad announcement and were subsequently jeered by Germany fans.

Germany team boss Oliver Bierhoff implied Mesut Ozil should have been dropped from the World Cup squad over a pre-tournament scandal - then back-tracked in an embarrassing twist on Friday.

Ozil's father, Mustafa has described his son as "Bent, disappointed and offended" and saying that if he were in his son's shoes, he'd never play for Germany again.

"But (the) fact is that Mesut, for obvious and specific reasons, could not have said what was demanded from him". "In my opinion, it is aimed at saving one's own skin", Mustafa Ozil told Bild.

Ozil and Germany teammate Ilkay Gundogan, who are of Turkish heritage, were criticised by politicians and Grindel for having the picture taken with Erdogan in May and booed by fans in subsequent matches.

"He has contributed a lot for this country".

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Ozil senior said that Mesut was being made a scapegoat for Germany's failures in Russian Federation.

'He's booed and put up as a scapegoat - I completely understand that he is offended'.

"The hurt has grown too strong".

If we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.

"He's a player, you know him as well, who is pretty quickly upset, he doesn't like his criticism, he doesn't want to talk".

It has since been confirmed that Joachim Löw will remain in charge of the German national team, despite their disappointing performance in Russian Federation.

Ozil has still not commented, however, which is something DFB chief Reinhard Grindel says needs to be rectified.

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