Defending champions Germany were touted as the favourites to reclaim the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation given the tremendous quality in the squad but to their misfortune, the European giants suffered a shock exit from the group stages.
At the World Cup, the Arsenal midfielder refused to comment about a controversial meeting on the eve of the finals with Erdogan which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany.
That chorus has only increased since Germany's debacle in Russian Federation with team manager Olivier Bierhoff stating that Ozil should have been dropped after his failure to publicly clear up the Erdogan meeting.More news: Widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo leaves China
Responding to those statements, Mustafa Ozil ssaid that it was "insolent" statement to make.
If I were in his place, I would say: "Thank you, but that's enough". Mustafa Oezil told the Bild newspaper.
Both players are of Turkish descent, and were pictured presenting Erdogan with shirts from their respective club teams, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Ozil senior said he believed his son had agreed to have a photograph taken with Erdogan only out of "politeness" and that it was never meant to be a political statement.More news: France reach 2018 World Cup final, beat Belgium 1-0
The statement from Ozil's father came after Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said they should have considered heading to the World Cup without the third-generation Turkish-German midfielder.
Ozil struggled in Russian Federation as Joachim Low's side failed to make it out of Group F. "He's booed and put up as a scapegoat - I completely understand that he is offended", he added. And who knows what'll happen at the next match. He said the team management take that feeling of alienation "very seriously". In Mesut's place, I would step down.More news: Boys Rescued From Thai Cave, Operations Halted For The Day