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

By On June 24, 2018

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

4:18 AM ET

  • Reuters

Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to racial hatred and threats on social media after giving away the free kick that led to Toni Kroos's winner for Germany in their Group F World Cup game on Saturday.

Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who had emigrated from Turkey, played down the abuse.

"It's nothing I'm bothered about," Durmaz said. "I'm here proud and representing my country."

Sweden appeared likely to secure a draw until Kroos struck deep into stoppage time for a 2-1 win, and emotions boiled over after the final whistle as Sweden coach Janne Andersson accused German officials of taunting his side.

Anger wasn't limited to the pitch, however, as a stream of abuse began on Durmaz's Instagram account shortly after Kroos' goal.

"[Durm az] ran and fought the whole game," teammate John Guidetti said. "It's unlucky -- it's completely idiotic to subject him to hate for that."

Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden

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