- Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has continued to receive bashing over his racism claims after announcing his retirement from the German national team'
- The 2014 champions crashed out of the 2018 edition at the group stage after winning just one of their three matches
- Ozil was heavily criticised after posing in a picture with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Germany coach Joachim Low has blasted Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil for his racism claims in the national team.
The 29-year-old attacker retired from international football following their 208 FIFA World Cup outing in Russia this summer.
They were able to win just one out of their three Group F encounters as they crashed out of the competition at the preliminary stage in their title defence.
Low's men conquered the world when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in Brazil to clinch the 2014 edition of the FIFA organised championship.
However, the 58-year-old tactician believes Ozil's claims are 'exaggerated'.
He was heavily criticised for posing alongside Erdogan in a photograph which also featured Germany team-mate Ilkay Gundogan in May.
The former Real Madrid star said he had faced 'racism and disrespect' because of his Turkish roots.
Low said on Wednesday he had failed in his attempts to contact the Arsenal midfielder and that he had been notified of Ozil's international retirement by the player's advisor.
"The player has not called me. In the past that was the case when players retired (from the national team)," Low said.
Low said after the advisor's call, he had called and messaged the player, without reply.
"Mesut decided on a different path. I repeatedly tried reaching him via message or phone but that was not possible. I have to accept that.
"My only intention was to prepare best for the World Cup. This issue also cost us energy because it was always there. It is of course no excuse for our performance. That was not the reason.
"His claims of racism are exaggerated. Nowhere within my team during my time here, there has been not even as hint of racism,' Low said.
"I underestimated the case."
As well as fielding questions on Ozil, Low also announced his squad for the upcoming internationals, which includes a recall for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.
Voted the best young player in England's Premier League last season after helping Manchester City to the title last season, the 22-year-old was surprisingly omitted from the squad that went to Russia.
The Germans play world champions France for the new Nations League competition on September 6 before taking on Peru in a friendly international.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness verbally attacked Mesut Ozil after announcing his retirement from the German national team.
The Arsenal playmaker spoke of the racism and disrespect he has received as a result of his meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan just before the World Cup in a lengthy statement released.
Ozil said he was simply respecting his Turkish heritage and his decision to pose for a photo with the Turkish president ‘had no political intentions’.
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