Germany's midfielder Thomas Mueller reacts during the International friendly football match Italy vs Germany on November 15, 2016 at the 'San Siro Stadium' in Milan. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO
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Thomas Mueller admits having been surprised by accusations of arrogance and disrespect for saying Germany's 8-0 rout of minnows San Marino had "nothing to do with professional sport".On Sunday, Alan Gasperoni, the San Marino National Olympic Commitee's press officer, posted an open letter to Mueller on Facebook, listing 10 reasons Germany's trip to the minnows for a 2018 World Cup qualifier was useful.Having captained Germany in Tuesday's goalless draw with Italy in Milan, Mueller said he had meant no disrespect.Mueller says he will not shy from speaking his mind.Gasperoni has apologized for poking fun at Germans in his rant and wants to meet Mueller when San Marino play the return qualifier in Nuremberg next June.
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