Football: Lahm slams Germany fans for again booing Gomez
BERLIN (AFP) - Captain Philipp Lahm has slammed Germany's football fans for again jeering unpopular striker Mario Gomez during the friendly match against Paraguay and called for the five years of cat-calls to stop.
Whistles and jeers rang out on Wednesday in Kaiserslautern, as German fans voiced their noisy disapproval when the 28-year-old Gomez came off the bench for the final half-hour of the 3-3 draw with the South Americans.
Gomez bore the brunt of supporter frustration for a below-par performance from the Germany team when he replaced veteran Miroslav Klose, a former Kaiserslautern player and firm fans' favourite, who is just one short of Gerd Mueller's goal-scoring record.
Despite having scored an impressive 25 goals in 59 international appearances, Gomez, who left Bayern Munich for Italy's Fiorentina in July, has been unpopular with German fans for the last five years since missing numerous chances against Austria in a Euro 2008 group stage match.