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Jimmy Durmaz and Sweden teammates issue “F*** racism” video message after star is branded “suicide bomber” over foul vs Germany

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Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents – his father emigrated from Turkey – fouled Timo Werner for the Germany free-kick which led to Toni Kroos’ fine goal.

Jimmy Durmaz and his Sweden teammates have issued a strong “F*** racism” message after the winger was subjected to vile abuse and threats for making a mistake in a World Cup match.

The winger, born in Sweden to Assyrian parents – his father emigrated from Turkey – claims he was branded a “f****** immigrant” and “suicide bomber” by his own fans after the 2-1 defeat to Germany.

He was targeted on Instagram after he gave away the stoppage-time free kick which led to Toni Kroos’ stunning late winner in the Group F clash on Saturday night.

On Sunday, the Swedes began their training session in Gelendzhik by taking a stand, uniting behind Durmaz as he read a statement from his phone.

Durmaz, Jimmy Durmaz and Sweden teammates issue “F*** racism” video message after star is branded “suicide bomber” over foul vs Germany

Jimmy Durmaz fouled Timo Werner for the free-kick which led to Germany’s winner (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Durmaz, Jimmy Durmaz and Sweden teammates issue “F*** racism” video message after star is branded “suicide bomber” over foul vs Germany

Durmaz has a strong message for the fans who subjected him to vile abuse

Durmaz, Jimmy Durmaz and Sweden teammates issue “F*** racism” video message after star is branded “suicide bomber” over foul vs Germany

Durmaz was supported by his teammates who are taking a strong stand against racism

Durmaz, 29, said: “I am a footballer at the highest level, being criticised is something we live with, but being called ‘f****** immigrant’ and ‘suicide bomber’, and having death threats made against me and my children is completely unacceptable.

“I am Swedish, and with pride, I wear our shirt and our flag. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. It warms us all. We stand united, we are Sweden.”
– Mirror

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