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'Ozil controversy will have no influence on Euro 2024 bid' - German FA president

15:36 GMT+3 04/09/2018
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Reinhard Grindel is confident that the Arsenal star's recent allegations will have no impact on the bidding process.

German FA president Reinhard Grindel says he is confident that the recent controversy stemming from Mesut Ozil's racism allegations will not impact Germany's Euro 2024 bid.

Ozil quit the national team in the wake of this summer's World Cup disaster that saw Germany fall in the group stage. The Arsenal star cited "racism and disrespect" as the reason behind his international retirement while adding that he felt he had been made a scapegoat for Germany's failures.

Prior to the World Cup, Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, both German internationals of Turkish descent, came under fire for taking a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Gundogan has since said that he and Ozil were singled out following Germany's defeat and that "the line to racism was partially crossed".

Ozil was also critical of Grindel, saying that, in the FA president’s eyes, the midfielder is “German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”.

Grindel continues to deny the accusations as Germany faces competition from Turkey to host Euro 2024.

"Everyone in the DFB and in UEFA knows me very well,” Grindel said, according to Sky Sports.”I have very deep trust that they can put this into perspective, so I think there will be no influence on the bidding process."

Grindel added that his criticism of the photograph stemmed from personal beliefs rather than Ozil’s background.

"In the end, it has nothing to do with whether a player of ours has a migration background or not," Grindel said.

"If a German player would, in an election campaign, make a photo with, let's say, a far right-wing politician in Germany, we would have the same debate and we in the DFB would react in the same way.

"We stand at the DFB for values: respect, tolerance, fair play, freedom of speech and freedom of press. This picture with Erdogan upset our fans, because their President Erdogan doesn't stand for those values."

UEFA is set to announce the host of Euro 2024 in Nyon, Switzerland on September 27.