The world-class goalkeeper admitted Ozil’s comments have taken a toll on those who still play for Germany.
Only a few Germany stars have spoken out about the scandal and head coach Joachim Loew has yet to comment.
After 23 goals and 40 assists in 92 internationals for Germany, Ozil, who was born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents, quit the national team in an explosive three-part statement a fortnight ago.
“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” wrote the Arsenal midfielder, whose comments sparked a racism storm in Germany and triggered fierce debate about integration.
Ozil was singled out by some corners of the German media as a reason for Germany’s poor World Cup performances, but Grindel, who has refused calls to resign, later refuted his claims of racism within the DFB.
Neuer said he understood Ozil’s reasons to quit, “it is the decision of each player. You have to look for the reasons for yourself and, in his case, he found them.
“Of course we accept this decision.”
Following the Ozil furore and Germany’s woeful World Cup displays in the group stages, Neuer has called for a fresh start, especially for their next game against new world champions France in Munich on 6 September.
“We need to have new players, who are really proud to play for the national team and want to give everything to play for their country.
“I think that there is a lot going on within the national team and the DFB.
“We will have to wait and see how things shape up.
“The fact is that some things need to be changed.
“We also have big goals in the national team and of course we want to show a different face again.”