Manuel Neuer denies Ozil's racism claims within German team

Aug 04, 2018, 08:50 IST | AFP

Mesut Ozil quit international football last month amid the furore over his meeting and photo opportunity in May with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which raised questions about Ozil's loyalty to Germany

Manuel Neuer denies Ozil's racism claims within German team
Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer

Germany captain Manuel Neuer has denied that Mesut Ozil was the victim of racism within the German FA, but admitted the fiasco has taken a toll on the players.

Ozil quit international football last month amid the furore over his meeting and photo opportunity in May with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which raised questions about Ozil's loyalty to Germany.

However, Bayern Munich star Neuer denies any claims of racism within the national team. "We've always tried to integrate all the players and we've also done everything for our teammates to make them feel good going into games," said Neuer.

The world-class goalkeeper admitted Ozil's comments have taken a toll on those who still play for Germany. "There has been a lot of back and forth with much written and said about it. Of course, it was very stressful for those who read about it," added Neuer.

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