German Soccer Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel mentioned his regret over Mesut Ozil retirement from international football by racist attacks because of Ozil's Turkish roots
Ozil, 29, declared his international retirement last month once Germany crashed out of the World Cup. He said he had faced "racism and disrespect" because of his Turkish roots.
Ozil, who had been a key member of the 2014 World Cup-winning facet, had faced a barrage of criticism for having his photograph taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in may and for his performances at the World Cup in Russia.
Some regret for the @DFB_Team_EN president over Mesut #Ozil's international retirement.https://t.co/8f5HZvzVfR— Sport360° (@Sport360) July 26, 2018
In his resignation statement last month, Ozil, who has Turkish roots, also accused the DFB and Grindel of failing to back him in the row over the photo.
In an interview with Bild newspaper on Sunday, Grindel said he should have handled things differently.
"I should have positioned myself more clearly given the racist attacks from some corners and that I should have put myself in front of Mesut Ozil," Grindel said.
"Such attacks are unacceptable. I ought to have found clear words."
Ozil had been jeered in Germany's last warm-up games before the World Cup and lots of German fans had needed him to be dropped from the squad over the photo.
"I am sorry he feels disappointed by the DFB," Grindel added.
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Ozil was created one amongst the scapegoats for Germany's earliest exit at a world cup for 80 years in Russia, the side failing to urge out of the group stage despite being the defending champions.
Grindel, however, said he had never deuced Ozil for that failure.
"It was always clear on behalf of me that we have a tendency to win together and we lose together. it might be absurd to blame one single player for our elimination," the 56-year-old, who took over the DFB in 2016, said.
He conjointly dominated out resigning over the affair, saying he felt "strong backing from regional federations and the Bundesliga."
Grindel said there had been no discussion between Ozil and national coach Joachim Low and that any possible return to the team would wish to be discussed among the board and the coach.
The DFB president also said he would work towards bridging the gap that has displayed in recent months between fans and the national team.
Some of the options might embody scheduling more open training sessions and be lowering ticket prices, whereas the general marketing concept of the team would also be reviewed.