Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness backtracked on his remarks regarding Mesut Ozil
The 66-year-old slammed Ozil in August following his claims of racist abuse that been aimed at him by the German supporters over his Turkish heritage.
Ozil found himself at the centre of criticism following Germany’s shocking World Cup group stage exit with the 29-year-old proving ineffective in the losses to Mexico and South Korea.
The Arsenal playmaker later retired from international duty with Hoeness branding him the weak point for both club and country.
But now the German appears to have some regrets over his comments.
“I should not have said sh*t, but crap,” said Hoeness, according to Goal.
“My opinion of Mesut is clear: I wanted to make a point of diverting the conversation back towards sport. I wanted to divert it away from racism and integration.”
Following Ozil’s retirement, Hoeness said in August: “He had been playing sh*t for years.
“He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his sh*tty performance hide behind this picture.
“Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point.
“His 35 million followers – that don’t exist in the real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a pass.
“The development in our country is a catastrophe. You have to go back to what it is: sport. And from a sporting point of view, Ozil has no place in the national team for years.”