‘F*** racism!’ Sweden team send powerful message after death threats to Durmaz

‘F*** racism!’ Sweden team send powerful message after death threats to Durmaz

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late victor to come from behind and beat Sweden 2-1 on Day 10 of the World Cup in Russian Federation on Saturday after the defending champions were reduced to 10 men. I am a footballer at the highest level so I have to accept that I am criticized for what I do on the pitch.

"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. Even worse, when you go after my family, my children, threaten them.

The hapless Koreans, who have no points after two matches and have only won one of their last 11 World Cup fixtures, can still theoretically qualify for the next round but they need to beat Germany and hope Mexico win against Sweden.

"I'm proud. I'm very proud".

The Swedish Football Association's general secretary Hakan Sjostrand said that the Swedish FA reported the abuse to the police on Durmaz's behalf.

Mats Hummels is fit to return for Germany in Wednesday's make-or-break World Cup clash against South Korea while midfielder Sebastian Rudy is set to miss out with a broken nose.

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The entire Swedish squad then shouted "f*** racism" in unison, before heading off to start their training session.

"We played excellently and scored a handsome goal".

You can see Durmaz's full statement and the team's response as well below.

But Germany found a way to survive, with Kroos' goal, on a finely orchestrated free-kick play, giving it a vital three points in its four-team group.

Although they dominated possession against lacklustre opponents, Mexico also displayed their thrilling counter-attacking game with their second goal, when West Ham striker Hernandez added a neat finish to Hirving Lozano's surging run.

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