Durmaz blasts online racial abuse after World Cup loss

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South Korea's faint hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup have faded further with news that captain Ki Sung-yueng will miss their final group game against Germany.

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.

On Sunday, the Swedes showed their support for the 29-year-old, gathering behind him as he read a statement from his cellphone.

"I am Swedish and I am proud to represent the Swedish national team - it is the biggest thing you can do as a footballer".

"Who made gestures, did I make a gesture?" It warms us all.

The statement concluded with the entire squad shouting "F-- racism!" before applauding and jogging out to begin their workout.

"So I was very angry", he said. In a few days we play again and we have to win it. "Completely unacceptable", he added.

The KFA official questioned why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was not used to review the incident, which South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong described as "100 percent a foul".

Holders Germany were on the brink of crashing out of the World Cup following OlaToivolen's first half opener for Sweden.

"Some of them celebrated in a disrespectful way in my opinion", Swedish substitute Pontus Jansson told reporters.

"Maybe there was unnecessary anger [from me], but they apologised afterwards so it's just a case of accepting it. There were a lot of feelings in the heat of the moment".

"This was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up to the final whistle", Low said. We obviously also didn't score on a couple of clear opportunities but what I did appreciate was the spirit of the team.