Grosskreutz denies racism claims

Furth defender Mergim Mavraj has made serious allegations against the 23-year-old, who has denied any wrongdoing in the aftermath of Dortmund's DFB-Pokal win on Tuesday
Borussia Dortmund winger Kevin Grosskreutz has been accused of racism in the wake of their last-gasp win over Greuther Furth.

Immediately following Ilkay Gundogan's winner, which sent BVB through to the DFB-Pokal final, Grosskreutz sprinted towards Gerald Asamoah, who stood dejected in the centre circle.

The two players had a heated discussion before Furth defender Mergim Mavraj intervened. And after the match, the German-Albanian claimed Grosskreutz used racial language against his team-mate.

"Grosskreutz's insults were against Asamoah's skin colour," he said. "Such a thing has no business on the pitch."

Speaking to Bild, Grosskreutz was quick to deny the allegations made against him.

"It is not true that I racially abused Gerald Asamoah. This is simply wrong! Anyone who knows me knows that I would not do such a thing. I didn't say anything to him other than to cheer with both fists held high."

Asamoah, meanwhile, declined to comment on the matter.

"I need not say much of that guy, he's not worth talking about," he told Sky.

Grosskreutz also confronted Furth coach Mike Buskens, who played for Dortmund's rivals, Schalke, for 12 years before working for the Blues' coaching staff until 2009.

"It's a shame. To me, that was embarrassing. He is known for that, but he won't care. It's sad, because not only after a loss do you have to show respect, but also after a win."

Grosskreutz has a history of insulting Schalke players, and most recently did so in January as he claimed that the Blues were not title contenders. However, this is the first instance in which the Germany international has been accused of racial abuse.