‘So much love’: Özil thanks Arsenal fans after Germany racism row
“Thanks to the Gunners in Singapore for showing so much love tonight,” the 29-year-old German midfielder tweeted, with a picture of him waving to the crowd.
Arsenal fans dominated the audience of 23,000 who watched the London team go down 3-1 on penalties to Atletico in the International Champions Cup, after normal time ended at 1-1.
Özil, benched after his late return to training following the World Cup, sent shockwaves through German football when he quit the national team, complaining of “racism and disrespect.”
German football chief Reinhard Grindel rejected the racism charge but admitted he should have defended Özil after the playmaker was abused for having a photograph taken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Everyone knows that Arsenal is a team with a lot of foreign players and foreign employees. It doesn’t matter which country you represent, it’s like family and we support each other.”