The Swedish soccer team rallied around midfielder Jimmy Durmaz after he was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse and death threats following his mistake in Sweden's defeat to Germany in the FIFA World Cup on Saturday.
That's the biggest thing you can do as a football player, " he said in the statement.
Before a training session on Sunday, Durmaz - standing in front of the rest of the Sweden squad and beside coach Janne Andersson - read out a statement to the media from a mobile phone. Who the hell does that kind of thing?
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"We do not tolerate a player being subjected to threats or abuse", Sjostrand said in a statement. "I'm here proud and representing my country".
Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey, said his family and children had also been threatened.
"Some of them celebrated in a disrespectful way in my opinion", Swedish substitute Pontus Jansson told reporters. I am Swedish and I carry my shirt and flag with pride.
"After conceding a goal we kept a level head, we said that we needed to make quick passes, cover ground to tire out Sweden and then open up spaces, which we were able to do".
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The Swedish Football Association's general secretary Hakan Sjostrand said that the Swedish FA reported the abuse to the police on Durmaz's behalf.
Later, however, Durmaz hit out at those who had used his heritage to insult him, dubbing the situation "completely unacceptable".
The Swedes now need to recover and beat Mexico in their final group match in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday to be sure of advancing to the second round.
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