Real Madrid's Toni Kroos on former Germany teamate Mesut Ozil racism claims upon retirement
Posted: 16 August 2018 Time: 12:00
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has labelled Mesut Ozil's racism claims upon his retirement from the Germany national team as 'nonsense'.
Ozil, 29, announced his international retirement after Germany's group stage elimination at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, citing 'racism and disrespect' from the German FA [DFB].
"Mesut is a deserved international and as a player he deserved a better departure," Kroos told newspaper Bild. "But the way he resigned was not in order."
Ozil faced criticism after being photographed alongside Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan in May and was one of the players scapegoated for Germany's disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia.
In an emotional letter posted on his official social media accounts, the Arsenal superstar claimed; 'I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.'
He also went on to state the DFB did little to protect him from the malicious media uproar.
"The parts in his statement that are rightly addressed are unfortunately overshadowed by the significantly higher amount of nonsense," Kroos said.
"I think he knows very well that racism within the national team and the DFB does not exist."