Monday, 22 April, 2019

Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz racially abused via social media after World Cup defeat

FIFA World Cup 2018 Euphoric Germany to make more changes against South Korea Pic courtesy IANS
Cassandra Castillo | 25 June, 2018, 04:34

Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz has denounced as "unacceptable" messages of racial hatred and even death threats after he gave away the foul that led to Toni Kroos's late victor for Germany at the World Cup.

Toni Kroos of Germany celebrates scoring his side's winning goal against Sweden.

"I can be criticised for my performance. but there is a line, and that line was crossed yesterday", Durmaz said in a statement he read out to reporters at the team's Black Sea coast base in Gelendzhik on Sunday.

"Emotionally right now we are so disappointed. This is probably the heaviest conclusion that I've experienced in my career". It didn't just come from the fact that Kroos had. "It's bad luck. It's completely idiotic to give him hatred because of it", striker John Guidetti said. "Now we need to try to find a way to win the last match".

"Now we have to recover and we don't have much time before we have to beat Korea, when we have to play convincingly", said Kroos.

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Durmaz, born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey, conceded a late free-kick that was scored in stunning fashion by Germany star Toni Kroos, giving the Germans a crucial 2-1 victory. "Now we have to clean up, tidy up after this game".

Due to the angle, many expected Kroos to just swing a delivery into the back post and hope to find a teammate's head but the playmaker was exhausted of watching his colleagues squander chances so took matters into his own feet. There was no formal video review called for.

"If we have the (VAR) system, it's very unfortunate that he (the referee) can feel so secure in the moment that he doesn't go and have a look at the situation, " Andersson said.

He and the Swedish players said they also couldn't understand why Germany made a decision to celebrate near their bench.

"Some of them celebrated in a disrespectful way", said Sweden substitute Pontus Jansson. "You can celebrate with your own fans. I didn't see any aggressive gestures", he said.

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