Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that he was wrong to call Mesut Ozil “sh*t”, saying he should have instead labelled the playmaker “crap”.
Speaking in August, Hoeness had said that Ozil was using accusations of racism as a distraction from his poor form with Germany, having previously gone on a spectacular rant about the player.
Indeed, the Arsenal playmaker was the subject to widespread criticism as Joachim Low’s side crashed out of World Cup 2018 at the group stage, having lost matches against Mexico and South Korea.
Hoeness was one of many to take aim at the 29-year-old, though he regrets his decision now.
“I should not have said sh*t, but crap,” he admitted. “My opinion of Mesut is clear: I wanted to make a point of diverting the conversation back towards sport. I wanted to divert it away from racism and integration.”
Ozil has since quit the international game amid accusations of institutional racism, though Germany’s fortunes have not picked up any. Indeed, Low’s side face the prospect of being relegated from the top tier of Nations League sides after suffering successive defeats against Netherlands and France over the course of the previous week.
At the time, this was welcomed by the Bayern boss, who told Sport Bild: “He had been playing sh*t for years.
“He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his sh*tty performance hide behind this picture.
“Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point.
“His 35 million followers – that don’t exist in the real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a pass.
“The development in our country is a catastrophe. You have to go back to what it is: sport. And from a sporting point of view, Ozil has no place in the national team for years
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