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DANISH HERO: Mikkel Hansen in the semifinal against Spain. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT / TT NYHETSBYRÅN

Mikkel Hansen (33) and several others in the Danish World Cup squad go out against nets before Sunday’s World Cup final against Sweden.

The Danes’ machine gun fire by a shooter experienced many unpleasant messages online after the quarter-final against Egypt, where he received a red card.

Then he hit back with 12 goals in the semifinal against Spain.

– You know, as an athlete, many are sometimes completely, other times a villain, says Mikkel Hansen to Danish TV 2.

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– We are in a world and a society today, where it has become so easy to criticize people. There are not many who dare face-to-face, but online it is easy to play wisely. Various people at home in the living rooms where never before have they been in a situation like that. It will always be easy to sit and point the finger, the Paris Saint-Germain player continues.

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He is supported by national team coach Nikolaj Jacobsen:

– When you sit down and start typing something on the keyboard, I think you should consider whether there is something you want to be written about yourself, before you write it. Right now it is actually quite grotesque what people can think of writing to me in a playoff, says Nikolaj Jacobsen at the Danish press conference.

Another of the Danish stars who has spoken out against the net is the defense general Henrik Møllgaard.

– Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more widespread, and it does not only apply to us. But we can well see from both the national team and the club team that inside our fan pages there are also people who write things that are not so pretty – and that are not just about the tactical and performance.

– There are some reasonably ugly comments from time to time. It is sad that it goes the way we are almost used to it being the way it is, says Møllgaard.

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He points out that this does not only apply to national team stars, but is a general societal problem.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær raised the same issue at his press conference on Friday after anger against Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe after the loss to Sheffield United.

Sunday’s World Cup final between Denmark and Sweden starts at 17.30. Among the Danes, it is the WC debutant Mathias Gidsel who gets the most attention before the final. He has impressed a lot as a right back and is the Danish player who has scored the most goals – and second most goals after Mikkel Hansen.

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Denmark is the reigning world champion – and is among many favorites against Glenn Solberg’s Sweden.

– You can understand that Sweden wants us to be favorites. They have fought really well with the player material they have. Sweden has some really good players. We must be humble, the favorite role will probably be talked about by others, says Lasse Svan, according to Expressen.

National team coach Nikolaj Jacobsen agrees:

– Who are the favorites? I do not know.

PS: Norway reached the quarterfinals against Spain.


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