Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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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.

Before a training session on Sunday, Durmaz - standing in front of the rest of the Sweden squad and beside coach Janne Andersson - read out a statement to the media from a mobile phone.

"Some of the German leaders of the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing into our faces by making gestures and that really got me annoyed and angry", said the Sweden coach whose team had led 1-0.

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"At the same time I want to thank everyone who has been supportive and showed their love - it means an terrible lot".

The Swedish Football Association called the abuse directed at Durmaz "unpleasant and very upsetting", and said it had reported it to police.

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Nearly immediately threats began to appear on Durmaz's Instagram account. "But Durmaz is fully behind the complaints", Sjostrand said in a statement.

Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz (number 21) looks dejected after Sweden's 1-2 defeat to Germany in a FIFA World Cup group stages match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, June 23, 2018.

Sweden substitute Pontus Jansson said he had lost his temper with the Germans but accepted they had ultimately regretted their actions. "At this World Cup, a lot of goals have come at the end (of games) and today luck was on our side". I didn't witness that because after the final whistle we were concentrating on other things.

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With Sweden hunkered down into a defensive formation, Germany continued to push forward, even after losing Jérôme Boateng to his second yellow card of the match.

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