Klopp defends Ozil in racism debacle
Posted: 23 August 2018 Time: 16:00
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has slammed the overwhelming criticism compatriot Mesut Ozil has received in the ongoing racism debate that has damaged the reputation of the Germany Football Association.
Ozil, 29, announced his retirement shortly after the disastrous 2018 FIFA World Cup after prominent figures in German football made the Arsenal playmaker the scapegoat for their indifferent displays.
The centre of attention was based around the image that surfaced of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan alongside the 2014 World-Cup winner and Ilkay Gundogan.
Both players were subjected to jeers from German supporters prior to Russia 2018 shortly after while the criticism surrounding Ozil escalated once he accused the German FA of failing to protect him and racism of his Turkish roots.
However, Klopp has taken a rather insightful approach in sharing his opinion on the matter amidst Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness' criticism and Real Madrid's Toni Kroos labelling the racism claims as 'nonsense'.
"In politics, little things have always been blown up and big things pushed away in order to continue," Klopp told Sport 1.
"Normally, intelligent people tend to hold back because it is not easy to say the right thing. I would count myself too. All those who have no idea are loud in these conversations.
"I don't doubt these guys, at least about their loyalty to our homeland. The difference is that they have one more thing (in their heritage)... that's beautiful.
"Cultural diversity, we all thought it was cool around the (Germany-hosted) 2006 World Cup... now two guys are seduced by politically intelligent people to have a photo, and then have relatively few opportunities to say what they want 100 per cent right.
"That's why I find this discussion hypocritical. Bad things happened because people were not informed properly. Even the media should not create a buzz around something like this every day. Just cool off and see the people behind it."