Toni Kroos, a Real Madrid midfielder, claims he was called a Nazi on social media after criticizing how Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from the German national team, according to Goal.
After the 2018 World Cup, Ozil revealed that he will no longer be eligible for international duty, citing prejudice as a result of his Turkish heritage.
Ozil deserved a “better exit,” according to Kroos, but how he retired was “not in order.”
Many people jumped to the conclusion that he was a Nazi because of his appearance, according to Kroos.
In an Instagram Live conversation with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he said: “After the 2018 World Cup, I expressed my displeasure with Mesut Ozil’s retirement and how he did so.
“Then I became a clear Nazi for a lot of people: blond hair, blue eyes… all suited for a lot of people.
“I was able to resolve it, but someone can hide behind a false profile and then offend others with no consequences.”
After Germany was eliminated from the World Cup in the group stage, Ozil faced a barrage of criticism and declared his retirement from the national team.
The attacking midfielder went on to criticize the German Football Association (DFB) and its president Reinhard Grindel after making 92 appearances for Die Mannschaft.
Kroos maintained that Ozil was mistaken in accusing the DFB and the Germany team of racism.
He said to Bild: “Mesut is a deserving international who, as a player, deserved a better send-off. However, how he resigned was improper.
“Unfortunately, the portions of his statement that are answered correctly are overshadowed by the far greater amount of nonsense. I believe he is well aware that prejudice does not exist within the national team or the DFB.”