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'I am Swedish and proud to play for Sweden': Backed by Sweden squad, Durmaz blasts racists

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'I am Swedish and proud to play for Sweden': Backed by Sweden squad, Durmaz blasts racists
Sweden winger Jimmy Durmaz. Photo: Michael Probst/AP
07:01 CEST+02:00
Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz has denounced as "unacceptable" messages of racial hatred and even death threats he received after giving away the foul that led to Toni Kroos's late winner for Germany at the World Cup.

Abusive comments on the 29-year-old substitute's Instagram account poured in after Germany won 2-1 in the 95th minute in Sochi on Saturday.

"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.

"When you threaten me, when you call me a "blatte" (a pejorative word for a dark-skinned foreigner), an 'Arab devil', a 'terrorist', 'Taliban', then you have gone far beyond the limit," he said.

READ ALSO: Sweden's Durmaz suffers online racial abuse after Germany loss

Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey, said his family and children had also been threatened.

"Who the hell does such things? It is completely unacceptable," he said. 

"I am Swedish and am proud to play for Sweden. I will never let any racists destroy that pride. We must disregard all forms of racism".

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said the squad "stand 100 percent" behind Durmaz.

Sweden face Mexico in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday, with the chance to progress to the knockout rounds.

READ ALSO: Russian city ran out of beer as Sweden celebrated World Cup triumph

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