Mesut Özils advisor Erkut Sögüt defended the much discussed photo of the former international about eight weeks after his resignation from the DFB team and attacked several German international players. “Mesut made no mistake. It remains that way,” Sögüt told the soccer magazine 11Freunde. “It is a question of respect to meet the president when he asks for it.
He thus addressed the controversial meeting between Özil and his national team colleague Ilkay Gündogan with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London in the run-up to the World Cup finals in Russia.
The consultant considers the statements made by DFB captain Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller, who had all made public statements about the resignation after Özil’s resignation, to be “more than disappointing and out of place”. There are only two explanations for the words of the three: “They are either naive or calculating,” said Sögüt.
In a BILD interview, Kroos spoke of a “high proportion of nonsense” in Özil’s statement. Neuer and Müller as well as national coach Joachim Löw had also decisively rejected Özil’s accusations that racist incidents had occurred in the team.
Joachim Löw Honours
- VfB Stuttgart
- UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Runner-up: 1997–98
- DFB-Pokal: 1996–97
- DFB-Ligapokal Runner-up: 1997
- Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2001–02
- Austrian Supercup: 2003
- FIFA World Cup: 2014; Third place 2010
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2017
- UEFA European Championship: Runner up 2008; Semi finals 2012, 2016
- Sport Bild German Sports Manager of the Year: 2010
- German Football Man the Year: 2011, 2014
- German Football Manager of the Year: 2014
- FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2014
- World Soccer Awards Manager of the Year: 2014
- IFFHS World’s Best National Coach: 2014, 2017
- L’Équipe Sports Manager of the Year: 2010/li>
- European Coach of the Year—Alf Ramsey Award: 2014
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
- Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2010, 2014
- Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande: 2010
“Löw defends himself against an accusation that was never made. Mesut was not racist as part of the team, but was attacked by the middle of society – the DFB should have protected him there,” said Sögüt.
Two months after his meeting with Erdogan, 29-year-old Özil had for the first time commented on the criticism of his person. In a three-part statement in the social media, he had made serious accusations against the DFB and its president Reinhard Grindel and also declared his resignation from the national team.
In his general account, Sögüt also shoots against the Bavarian bosses Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Hoeneß had accused Özil of having played “dirty” in the national team for years and of wanting to distract from his performance by accusing the DFB of racism. FCB CEO Rummenigge spoke of a “phantom discussion“.
Sögüt: “If anyone here wants to distract, it’s these two. And that is the performance of their own players, their tax evasion, their duty unpaid Rolex watches and the nepotism in their club.”
Sögüt thus responds to the (admittedly hard) sporting criticism with personal attacks against the Bavarian bosses and their long known offences from the past. Power Spins will give the players a thrilling gaming experience just like the other online casino sites.