Low not told of Ozil's Germany retirement before announcement

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The Arsenal midfielder has called time on his time with the national team, citing "racism and disrespect" for his decision

Germany manager Joachim Low was not aware of Mesut Ozil's international retirement prior to the Arsenal midfielder's announcement.

In the final of three statements posted on Twitter, Ozil claimed that he was retiring from Germany duty due to "racism and disrespect" following their World Cup group stage exit in Russia.

The Arsenal midfielder claims that the way he has been treated by the German football association makes him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt."

However, Low, still Germany's manager despite their humiliating summer, was not informed of Ozil's decision prior to his tweets.

"Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance," Low's advisor Harun Arslan said.

Ozil's retirement has caused a storm in Germany, with Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claiming that he has been "sh*t for years".

"He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his sh*tty performance hide beyond this picture," he added to Sport Bild.

"Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point."

Ozil's agent issued a stunning response to Hoeness, though, labelling him "foolish" and "stupid".

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Dr Erkut Sogut spoke exclusively to Goal , said: "The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. He is trying to divert attention away from the real issue, the issue of racism and discrimination in Germany, which is resurging once again within everyday German society.

"As Mesut said in his statement, he accepts reasonable and fair criticism of his football and deals with that as part of the job. However, Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated.

"In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists - which is a German record - and five-time German player of the year - three of which come after 2014."

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