Football: Danish FA reports death threats against striker Jorgensen for shoot-out miss to police

Nicolai Jorgensen of Denmark fails to score during the penalty shootout of the Fifa World Cup 2018 round of 16 soccer match between Croatia and Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on July 1, 2018.
Nicolai Jorgensen of Denmark fails to score during the penalty shootout of the Fifa World Cup 2018 round of 16 soccer match between Croatia and Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on July 1, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

COPENHAGEN (REUTERS) - The Danish Football Association said on Tuesday (July 3) it has reported death threats made against striker Nicolai Jorgensen to the police, after he endured a barrage of online abuse for missing a World Cup penalty against Croatia.

His miss in Sunday's penalty shoot-out led to Denmark's elimination from the tournament following a 1-1 stalemate at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

"Stop. Our society must never accept death threats - neither against World Cup stars, politicians or others. It is completely unacceptable and indecent," the Danish FA said in a statement on Twitter.

"We are reporting the case to the police to end this madness."

Three Danes missed from the spot as Croatia won the shoot-out 3-2 but Jorgensen was the last to do so, drawing threats and abusive language on his Instagram and Facebook profiles. However, fans responded with a strong show of support for the player.