'He's been sh*t for years!' - Bayern chief welcomes Ozil's international retirement
Uli Hoeness blamed the Arsenal star of hiding behind his photo with the Turkish president after he called time on his national team career
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is happy that Mesut Ozil has retired from the Germany squad, claiming the attacking midfielder has been "sh*t for years".
The 29-year-old announced he was quitting the national team with immediate effect because of the criticism he has faced for appearing in a photo with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, alongside team-mate Ilkay Gundogan, ahead of the World Cup.
The 2014 World Cup winner was called out by the German press for getting his picture taken with the controversial figure so close to the tournament, and his performances in their doomed campaign in Russia saw the backlash intensify.
The president of the German Football Association (DFB), Reinhard Grindel, saidOzil owed fans an explanation for the incident , while team manager Oliver Bierhoff felt Joachim Low could have left him out of the team over the picture .
Ozil fired back on Sunday when he released three statements on social media -one explaining the photo with Erdogan and another slamming his critics and former sponsors before revealing his decision.
The Arsenal star says he had been made a "scapegoat" and had his commitment to Germany called into question because of his Turkish heritage.
But Hoeness says the Arsenal star's departure should be welcomed as he has been getting away with sub-par performances for some time.
"I am glad that this scare is now over. He had been playing sh*t for years," he told Sport Bild .
"He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his sh*tty performance hide beyond this picture.
"Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point.
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"His 35 million follower boys - that don't exist in real world - are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a cross 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."
Ozil made his Germany debut under Low in February 2009 and went on to win 92 caps, scoring 23 goals.
Culled from Ruplty
My view: All of a sudden Mesut Ozil is "shit", according to joint team leader of "shitholes" -Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness. So, where has the Bayern Munich President been all these years before the so called controversial picture Mesut Ozil took with the Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan. Why blame Ozil for Germany's World Cup failure? the players were not good enough and they got beaten by better teams, just because the elite media put Germany on a high pedestal to win the World Cup because they won in 2014, is just silly because there were far better teams than the Germany squad. So stop blaming Ozil for your catastrophic failure as he's not a one man machine. This is just clear racism and it's good Mesut Ozil made the decision to quit. Look at France that won the World Cup and the group of players that made it happen, who knows in another 16 years they'll be criticised for doing something wrong, that's the "shit" that people that are not like the Bayern Munich president gets daily. I think Uli Hoeness and Donald Trump are joint team leaders of "shitholes".