Tuesday 18 December 2018

Andersson not backing down over 'scornful' German reaction

Janne Andersson. Photo: AP
Janne Andersson. Photo: AP

Janne Andersson has once again criticised Germany for the "scornful" celebrations that followed their late winner against his Sweden team last weekend.

The Swedes reacted angrily to what they perceived to be overly-exuberant and provocative scenes from their opponents near their dugout following Toni Kroos' last-gasp winner.

Andersson was at the heart of that and, speaking ahead of today's crunch clash with Mexico, he made no apologies for his reaction.

"If I hadn't responded there I would have been absolutely dead emotionally," he said. "That was scornful. They were taunting us. It had nothing to do with football. On the pitch, there's emotions, feelings, but unsportsmanlike behaviour against your opponents, that's not okay."

Captain Andreas Granqvist admitted that the way some of the Germany staff reacted to Kroos' winner left a sour taste and he hopes his players will channel their frustration in a positive way against the Mexicans.

"I've seen the images, we heard from players and leaders afterwards that the behaviour was very poor on behalf of the Germans," the defender added.

"They did apologise, we dropped it afterwards but, of course, for a few hours afterwards the disappointment was very, very big - not just that we lost the game but how they behaved."

The fallout from the Germany loss has not just centred on that bust-up, but also on the racist abuse midfielder Jimmy Durmaz has been subjected to. It was Durmaz who committed the foul on Timo Werner to allow Kroos to score and the 29-year-old, born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who had emigrated from Turkey, was hounded on social media.

Durmaz read a statement to media on Sunday in front of the squad, who then all uttered "f*** racism" at the end of the speech.

Irish Independent

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