'Who the hell does that kind of thing?' - Durmaz condemns racist abuse

Ruben Hill
June 25, 2018

Durmaz's teammate John Guidetti hit out at those responsible for the racist posts.

"I am Swedish and am proud to play for Sweden". I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. It warms us all. "We stand united, we are Sweden".

The squad then joined Durmaz in a collective shout of "F*** racism!" before applauding and jogging off to begin their training session.

"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. "But Durmaz is fully behind the complaints", Sjostrand said in a statement.

"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. It's uncomfortable and very upsetting to see the treatment that Jimmy Durmaz has had to put up with. "It is completely unacceptable", he said.

The KFA official questioned why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was not used to review the incident, which South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong described as "100 percent a foul".

"Some of them celebrated in a disrespectful way in my opinion. There was a lot of feelings, we had just let in a goal and lost the game, so it was pretty sour", Jansson said.

Toni Kroos' last-minute victor for Germany against Sweden later on Saturday means Mexico need a point against Sweden in their final group match to guarantee progress.

"Maybe there was unnecessary anger (from me), but they apologized afterward so it's just a case of accepting it".

"This was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up to the final whistle", Low said.

Plenty pointed out that Hernandez may need some singing lessons after today's game against South Korea, but we can't get enough of his face during an intense couple of minutes.

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