Mesut Ozil verbally attacked by Bayern Munich president

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has launched a scathing attack on Mesut Ozil after the midfielder accused the German FA of racism while announcing his retirement from the national team.

Despite heavy criticism in Germany of the controversial pictures, head coach Joachim Loew named both Ozil and Gundogan in his provisional World Cup squad on May 15.

Ozil in his statement stated that the meeting was not political and only an acknowledgment of his family's country.

"This is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never be accepted".

The way Ozil has been treated by German media, politicians and especially the DFB has caused him to make the "difficult decision" to announce his global retirement, saying that: "I now feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my worldwide debut in 2009 has been forgotten".

Ozil, who was just eight caps short of the 100, scored 23 worldwide goals and was a pivotal figure in Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil.

A statement added: "We vehemently reject, however - fundamentally in view of our representatives, colleagues, clubs and the efforts of millions of volunteers - that the DFB is being linked with racism".

Ozil was widely criticised and made the scapegoat for Germany's disappointing campaign, after he was seen pictured with the Turkish president before the tournament.

On May 19, Ozil and Gundogan meet Loew and senior DFB officials, plus German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, in a failed attempt to clear up the matter.

"And we regret that Mesut Ozil had the feeling that he wasn't protected enough against racist slogans - like Jerome Boateng once was".

Chancellor Angela Merkel "respects" Mesut Ozil's decision to quit playing football for Germany, her spokeswoman said on Monday, after the midfielder resigned over alleged "racism" in criticism against him.

"I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions", Ozil wrote on Twitter (you can read all three of his statements here).

"Whether it had been the Turkish or German president, my actions would have been no different". Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey.

"Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point", the 66-year-old former striker said.

French defender Benjamin Mendy, who was part of the nation's 2018 World Cup-winning squad, also put his spin on a recent article highlighting the descent of many French players.