- Mesut Ozil's premature retirement from the German national has been regretted by the FA
- The DFB stated that the issue with Arsenal star would have been resolved in a peaceful way
- Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan took a photo with Turkish President Recep Erdoganwhich caused controversy
Mesut Ozil's retirement would not have happened in 2018 if the case was handled properly, the German FA have admitted.
The Arsenal midfielder was sent packing from the national team on the eve of the 2018 World when he and Ilkay Gundogan took pictures Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
The photo of the trio sparked off negative reactions on the Arsenal midfielder in Germany as the defending champions were knocked out of the first round of the World Cup.
After the 2018 soccer fiesta, Ozil posted a series of letters on social media revealing the racial abuse and disrespect he suffered after retiring from the national team.
And after two years the incident occurred, the German FA have finally admitted the matter with Ozil would have been resolved in a peaceful way.
The DFB has said it could have handled the situation better and admitted it did not even meet with Ozil for talks.
General secretary Friedrich Curtis told the German Foundation on Integration said:
"The DFB made mistakes in dealing with the events surrounding the Ozil case.
"A photo became a burning glass for many topics. The moment there were racist allegations, we missed the time to meet with the player."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Mesut Ozil was spotted in his training gear wearing a No.9 and this has triggered speculation about his future at the Emirates.
The German midfielder is yet to kick the ball for Mikel Arteta's side since the lockdown and the midfielder has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.
Ozil impressed the Gunners supporters with his skills in training recently but after seeing the German without his No.10 kit in training, this has fuelled the rumours about his departure.
In a video clip of the club's training session, Ozil was seen walking to training on his own along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi.
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