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Mesut Ozil: I will never play for them again

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Mesut Özil has said he will never play for Germany again as he looks forward to his new life in Turkey.

 

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Mesut Ozil: I will never play for them again
By Lee Hurley – Jan 31, 2021
Mesut Özil has said he will never play for Germany again as he looks forward to his new life in Turkey.

Mesut Özil made sure there was no doubt that he will not be ending his self-imposed international retirement now that he’s back in a team where he will play.

“I wish the German national team success, but I will never play for them again,” the 32-year-old attacking midfielder said in fluent Turkish at his official unveiling in Istanbul.

Back in September, DFB general secretary Friedrich Curtis admitted the German football organisation made mistakes with the way they handled Mesut Özil.

The situation with the DFB all started back in 2018, when Özil made an admittedly ill-advised decision to meet and take photos with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The response was way out of proportion, with criticism leading to alleged racist attacks on the player throughout the World Cup tournament.

Özil became a scapegoat for his country’s terrible performance in the competition. The playmaker spoke out against his treatment and the ‘racism and disrespect’ he experienced, quitting the national team.

In response, other players in the squad publicly played down and belittled Özil’s concerns. It was over a month until even one player spoke out against his scapegoating.

DFB general secretary Friedrich Curtis admitted they missed their chance to rectify the situation with Özil.

“The DFB made mistakes in dealing with the events surrounding the Özil case,” Curtis said. “A photo became a burning glass for many topics. The moment there were racist allegations, we missed the time to meet with the player.”

It’s all a bit ‘too little, too late’ for the German national team to patch things up in this case.

All we can hope for is that they at least learn from their mistakes, and deal with similar situations more carefully in future.

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Mikel Arteta demands answers over ‘obvious’ penalty Arsenal were denied in Burnley draw

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left fuming following his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor because of the ‘obvious and clear’ penalty the Spaniard thought the Gunners should have been awarded.

 

It was a passage of play that saw Nicolas Pepe take on the Burnley left-back Erik Pieters, whose arm appeared to meet the ball and block it. The incident wasn’t flagged up by VAR and the game continued.

 

 

Pieters was later penalised for a separate incident when he blocked a goal-bound shot from Pepe, which deflected onto the crossbar and clear. Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and brandished a red card, but VAR intervened when replays showed it had struck his shoulder.

 

The latter incident was a perfect example of how VAR should work, but Arteta was perplexed as to why the first incident wasn’t ruled a penalty, which could have given Arsenal the win.

 

“I think it’s obvious and clear, I think there is no debate about that. If that is not a penalty, then would someone explain what a penalty is in this league,” he said, via Arsenal.com.

 

“We created, but we didn’t score enough. We gave a goal to the opponent and then don’t get the decision that we should get. It then becomes very difficult to win the game.”

 

Having taken the lead early through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the goal that Arsenal gave away was avoidable and the result of Granit Xhaka trying to play a pass that had been closed off by Burnley forward Chris Wood, who blocked it and diverted the ball into the goal.

 

Arteta defended Xhaka’s decision making in that instance, insisting that possession-based football from the back is still how he wants his team to play, despite the risks involved.

 

“It is what it is, it’s the way that we play and the way that I want to play,” the boss explained.

 

“We just have to know the risk and the rules that we have in certain areas in terms of the type of balls we have to play. But it is what it is.”

 

 

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English FA explains why Arsenal were denied penalty against Burnley

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The Premier League has claimed that Arsenal were denied a penalty against Burnley because Erik Pieters was in ‘close proximity’ to Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners were forced to settle for a point at Turf Moor after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener was cancelled out by Chris Wood, who benefitted from a huge mistake by Granit Xhaka.

However, Arsenal felt aggrieved in the 75th minute when Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Pieters’ outstretched arm, but Mikel Arteta’s side were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

Earlier this week, Fulham were involved in a similar incident as Mario Lemina was penalised for handball in the build-up to their disallowed goal against Tottenham.

But in a statement after the game, the Premier League clarified why Arsenal were not given the decision.

‘The ball has hit him from close proximity and he’s had no time to react,’ said the statement. ‘It wasn’t given on-field and the VAR didn’t think it was a clear error.’

 

Arteta, meanwhile, was left in no doubt that his side should have been awarded a penalty. ‘Absolutely,’ the Arsenal manager said after the game.

 ‘I think it is obvious and clear. I think there is no debate about that. ‘If that’s not a penalty, then someone will explain what a penalty is in this league.’

 

 

 

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Just In: Xhaka apologizes to Arsenal Fans for his costly mistake against Burnley

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Granit Xhaka is full of remorse for his horrendous display that led to Burnley goal, that cost Arsenal 2 points today.

He has come to apologize to Arsenal fans via his Official Facebook  Page:

It’s class from him.

 

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