Turkey's Erdogan decries 'racist attitude' against Mesut Ozil

Turkey's Erdogan decries 'racist attitude' against Mesut Ozil

Emery respects Ozil's Germany choice, says Arsenal is his 'home'

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated Mesut Ozil for his "national and native" decision to quit the German national team over what the Arsenal playmaker perceived to be racially-motivated criticism of his World Cup performances.

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Ozil said he received threats and hate mail after the photographs with Erdogan were published. We know the football [world] around us is about opinion and critique, we have a mentality and quality to work away from this opinion. I am sure he is going to have a big season with us'.

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"We are expecting good matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid".

Ozil won't play against Atletico but could feature against PSG on Saturday.

Ozil has not commented about his decision since his arrival in Singapore on Monday with Arsenal. Emery has not held private talks with Ozil over his worldwide situation, with the Spaniard taking the view that it is better to give the player "normality" rather than create an even bigger fuss.

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"We are every player´s family and for him to work every day, to work well with his team-mates, is good for us". He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he made a decision to come here and work with us before our two matches'.

The German Football Association said it "emphatically rejected" Ozil's accusations of racism. "They are great teams with great players, it's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to". I think he never liked the player Ozil so much.

Ozil's team-mate Petr Cech added: "He's an important player and obviously we're going to support him and make sure he feels right to perform at his best and feels comfortable".

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