DFB vice-president on Ozil's retirement: 'The topic has reached a magnitude that is unprecedented'
- Reinhard Rauball states that the Mesut's decision to quit from international football has sparked a reaction the scope of which is far beyond expectations
"The topic has reached a magnitude that is unprecedented. Even the Bundesliga [match-fixing] scandal in the early 1970s did not make such waves," Rauball told Bild am Sonntag.
"I do not communicate via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and on this issue I have to say that I would prefer a more conservative form of communication, such as a face-to-face conversation.
"I've been part of the national team's delegation for 11 years and I've probably seen almost every single one of Mesut's 92 international appearances.
"I've come to know him as a very modest man who was very popular with the team and could have fun with them.
"I would be happy if we met again, perhaps after a little time, for a personal conversation."
“In my opinion, @MesutOzil1088 was not the reason for our World Cup exit. Mesut probably was not at his best and made a few mistakes, but you could say that about any of us. It’s wrong to place all of the pressure on him alone.” - Julian Brandt shows support for his ?? teammate pic.twitter.com/HEddkwFrDB— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 3, 2018