It is 'either-or' situation for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil
- Mesut Ozil was now told to apologize under the threats of more serious action by German NT
- DFB President, Reinhard Grindel seems to be the man refusing any pardon for Ozil's meeting with the Turkish President
- Grindel of German Football Association wants Ozil to apologize, or else he might as well be punished by getting no playing time with the Bundesmannschaft
The stand-off between Ozil and DFB (The German Football Association) began when the Arsenal man and his team-mate Ilkay Gundogan met Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.
After that, some high profile German pundits called for Ozil to be dropped from the team. The German fans also lashed out at Ozil on social media. The hype intensified as Germany underperformed at the World Cup.
This Sunday Ozil has come under fire once again for his Erdogan meeting. Reinhard Grindel, the president of the German FA has told Kicker that Ozil needs to talk, as the 29-year old midfielder has never spoken about his meeting with Erdogan, unlike Ilkay:
"It’s true that Mesut has not commented yet. This has disappointed many fans because they have questions and expect an answer. They rightly expect this answer.
"That’s why it’s clear to me that Mesut, when he returns from vacation, should publicly speak out in his own interest.
On several occasions Grindel dropped ‘apologise or else’ hints to Ozil.
When Kicker asked “is there a future for Gundogan and Özil in the national team and, if so, under what conditions?”, Grindel has this very uncertain reply:
"First of all, it comes down to, as I said, to the crucial analysis of the national coach.
"In fact, I hope that Ozil’s opinion is so clear that the questions of the fans and the association are answered."