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Germany coach Joachim Low rules out Mesut Ozil return

Germany v Italy - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JULY 02: Mesut Oezil of Germany is congratulated by Joachim Loew head coach of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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MUNICH (AP) Germany coach Joachim Low has ruled out Mesut Ozil’s return to the national team following the player’s retirement from international soccer.

Low says Ozil “clearly resigned so it’s not an issue.”

Ozil, who made 92 appearances for Germany, quit the national team in July following the furor over his photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused the German soccer federation, its president, fans and media of racism against people with Turkish roots.

The Arsenal midfielder said he felt he was being made a scapegoat for Germany’s embarrassing World Cup exit. However, he appeared to keep the door open to a return when he said he would never play for the team “as long as I have this feeling of racism and a lack of respect.”

Low previously said Ozil had not informed him of his intention to retire and that he tried several times to reach him by telephone but without success.

Low says “Mesut decided to go another way.”


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