The Swedish national team have reacted in unity after a teammate, Jimmy Durmaz received death threats for his role in Germany’s late winner at the detriment of Sweden on Saturday at the Fisht Arena.
Jimmy Durmaz, who came in as a substitute, gave away the free-kick that led to Toni Kroos’ rocket goal in the 95th minute, which handed Germany a 2-1 win in their Group F match on Saturday.
After the match that left Sweden on the brink of early elimination, Durmaz was subjected to abuse on social media, including racist insults and death threats.
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Tacksam och ödmjuk för all kärlek jag fått från alla underbara människor där ute fortsätt sprid kärlek och låt kärleken övervinna allt hat där ute ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’m humbled and overwhelmed from all the lovely messages I’ve received from all of you ❣ it really warms my heart after what happened last night. Keep posting love so it will overcome all the hate out there ❣❣ #fuckracism #fuckrasism #viärsverige
At the team’s training session on Sunday, Durmaz read out a statement on his cell phone as his teammates stood solidly behind him.
He said: “I am a footballer at the highest level, being criticized is something we live with, but being called ‘f***ing immigrant’ and ‘suicide bomber’, and having death threats made against me and my children is completely unacceptable. I am Swedish, and with pride I wear our shirt and our flag. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. It warms us all. We stand united, we are Sweden.”
The entire Swedish team then shouted “f*** racism” in unison, before heading off to start their training session. The abuse was also reported to the police, and the general secretary of the Swedish FA, Hakan Sjostrand, condemned the threats directed at the player.
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