Kazim-Richards blasts Germany
Turkey forward feels Germany were bad sports
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: June 26, 2008 2:37pm
Colin Kazim-Richards has accused Germany of bad sportsmanship following their Euro 2008 semi-final victory over Turkey on Wednesday.
Philipp Lahm struck in the 90th minute in Basel to snatch a 3-2 win for Germany against Fatih Terim's spirited side.
Kazim-Richards picked up an injury just before Lahm netted and the Fenerbahce forward believes Germany should have stopped and put the ball out of play.
He said: "I personally think they will be a little bit upset with the goal that won the game for them.
"This whole tournament has been based around fair play and I think you saw that we did it (put the ball out) a couple of times, we've done it throughout the tournament.
"I'm not the sort of guy to stay down if it's not something serious, I got subbed off and would've played on if I was all right."
Lahm, who could have had a penalty after being brought down by Sabri Sarioglu early in the second half, dismissed Kazim-Richards' criticism.
"You can always talk about it after the match but I was fouled on the edge of the box," said Lahm.
Kazim-Richards added that he was disappointed with the manner of Turkey's exit from the tournament after an impressive performance against Germany.
He explained: "In our last two matches the other teams were better than us and we won. This time we were better and yet we lost."