President of the German Football Association (DFB), Reinhard Grindel, on Thursday rejected accusations of racism by Mesut Ozil.
In a four-page statement announcing his decision to quit playing football for Germany on Sunday, Ozil singled out German football federation boss with harsh words.
The German FA boss rejected the charge four days on and has not yielded to calls for him to quit.
But Grindel acknowledged that he should have stepped in firmly to end the abuse against Ozil over a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which led some to question the footballer’s loyalty to Germany. Read more