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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Anger over German nationalist's tweet about team's Euro 2016 exit

Published 08/07/2016 | 14:46

Germany lost 2-0 to France in the semi-final in Paris
Germany lost 2-0 to France in the semi-final in Paris

A nationalist politician in Germany has been condemned for appearing to suggest the national football team is not German enough.

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Beatrix von Storch tweeted that "perhaps next time the German NATIONAL TEAM should play again?" after Germany lost the Euro 2016 semi-final to France on Thursday night.

Her choice of the German word "Nationalmannschaft" - instead of the term "Die Mannschaft", now commonly used for the squad - was seen as criticism of immigrant players.

Berlin's state interior minister Frank Henkel accused her of "wallowing in racist prejudices".

Ms von Storch later deleted the tweet but defended it against what she called "political correctness".

Members of her Alternative for Germany party have previously been criticised for disparaging remarks about a black football player, suggesting border guards should be allowed to shoot refugees, and for downplaying the Holocaust.

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