Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez has hit out on the Germany boo boys after receiving the full brunt of the supporters’ frustrations during Germany 4-2 friendly defeat against Argentina.
The former Bayern Munich man started the game as the lone striker and was replaced just before the hour mark with game all-but over in a competitive sense.
As he trudged off the field, a round of boos followed yet applause greeted the introduction of Arsenal star Lukas Podolski as he replaced Julian Daxler after just 33 minutes.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Gomez stated that he has become his country’s scapegoat for when things aren’t well whilst pointing out how the the Gunners' striker Polodlski is shown such affection in similar circumstances.
“I am accustomed to jeers and against Argentina it was just a confirmation of that situation,” Gomez said, quoted by Football Italia.
“This has been going on since 2008 and continued with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At Euro 2012 I scored three goals, but was still treated as the one responsible for the defeat to Italy.”
“Now they jeer me every time in every international game. Some players like Podolski remain with a positive aura in the collective imagination, whereas I’m always their scapegoat.”
“I have broad shoulders, as my friends and family know I put my heart and soul into every game. Jeering has become the custom around me and I don’t understand why.”
29-year-old Podolski has also built up a strong rapport with Arsenal supporters since moving to the Emirates from FC Koln in the summer of 2012.
He has represented the Gunners 70 times in all competitions, scoring 28 goals and played a huge part in the club’s FA Cup success last season.