Jerome Boateng slams German teammates

German defender and former World Cup winner Jerome Boateng has slammed his teammates for not jumping to the defense of Mesut Ozil, who recently announced his retirement from international football in controversial circumstances.

Ozil claimed he was the victim of racial abuse by the German federation during the statement he released announcing his retirement, but instead of receiving sympathy and support for his actions, the Arsenal midfielder was slated by most of his teammates who rubbished the idea of racism existing within the national system.

Toni Kroos labelled Ozil’s allegations 'a lot of nonsense” while Thomas Muller too backed his former Bayern teammate, claiming racism within the national setup was “absolutely out of the question”.

In fact, Julian Brandt was the only player who stood by Ozil’s side, stating that he wasn’t to be blamed for Germany’s unceremonious exit from the World Cup in Russia. Now, Jerome Boateng has stepped up to voice his support for the Arsenal midfielder whilst taking a dig at his German teammates for not treating Ozil with the respect he deserves.

'Where were the players who thanked Mesut? Apparently, many did not dare to comment because they thought that it won't please the German fans. We're talking about a great player who became world champion with us, who earned a lot of caps, who has also changed German football,” Boateng said.

'A No.10 with a migration background – that's a great thing. Then to leave the way he did, I think that's a pity,' he added.

Ozil made 92 appearances for the German national team before calling it quits earlier this year. A former World Cup winner, he deserved to be treated in a more respectful manner and hopefully Boateng’s comments might make an impact on the rest of his German teammates who have been afraid to raise their voices thus far.


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