MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
The Danish Football Association says it has
reported online death threats made against striker Nicolai
Jorgensen to the police, following Denmark’s World Cup exit on
penalties against Croatia on Sunday night.
Jorgensen, who has scored eight goals in 34 appearances for his
country, saw his penalty saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel
Subasic, allowing Ivan Rakitic to book a quarterfinal tie with
Russia by netting the decisive spot kick.
Although Subasic had
also saved two penalties before blocking Jorgensen’s effort, the
striker was the main target of the online abuse and received
threats against his life.
This prompted the
Danish FA to publish a tweet saying “we are reporting the case
to the police to end this madness.”
“Stop: Our society
must never accept death threats, be they against World Cup
stars, politicians or others. It is completely unacceptable and
indecent,” the DBU’s statement continued.
It is not the first
time in this World Cup that a nation’s football governing body
has reacted to abuse directed at one of its players. Earlier in
the competition, the Swedish FA reported that winger Jimmy
Durmaz had received racist comments after giving away a free
kick from which Germany’s Toni Kroos scored the winning goal
The Swedish players
and the coaching staff then stood behind Durmaz as he read a
statement saying the abuse had “gone far beyond the boundaries”.
“When you threaten
my family, my children - who does such a thing? It is completely
unacceptable,” Durmaz had said.
Poland coach Nawalka to step
down after disappointing World Cup
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Poland coach Adam Nawalka has become the second
coach to lose his job after a disappointing World Cup, after the
Polish FA confirmed he would be leaving his post at the end of
Poland salvaged some
pride from an otherwise sub-par tournament with a 1-0 win over
Japan in Volgograd, but by the time they played that game they
had already been eliminated after a 2-1 defeat to Senegal and a
3-0 loss against Colombia.
Nawalka, who had
been his country’s head coach since 2013, had originally sounded
in positive mood following the Japan game, saying that the team
would learn lessons from the 2018 World Cup, but though that may
be the case, he will not remain in charge.
“We have decided
that Adam Nawalka will remain Poland’s team coach until July 30
and after that day we will be looking for a new coach,” said
Polish FA chief Zbigniew Boniek, in a news conference with
Nawalka. “We will try to build a national team in a new way.”
Hector Cuper was the
first coach to suffer the consequences of a poor World Cup when
the Egyptian FA confirmed they would not be renewing his
contract, after the Pharaohs suffered defeats against Uruguay,
Russia and Saudi Arabia in their three Group A games.