In the middle of EM: Swedish stars drank on tour

It is not only on the Danish håndboldlandshold that there are problems for the time being. Broderfolket on the other side of the Strait, also have their to cont

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
16 January 2020 Thursday 17:00
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In the middle of EM: Swedish stars drank on tour

It is not only on the Danish håndboldlandshold that there are problems for the time being. Broderfolket on the other side of the Strait, also have their to contend with.

at the european championship on home ground has four players taken some freedoms they might not.

Andreas Nilsson, Luke Nilsson, Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz and captain Jim Gottfridsson used, namely a night off to go to a bar in central Malmö and drinking alcohol, writes Aftonbladet, who have had it confirmed by several eyewitnesses, who also tells that none of the players seemed intoxicated, and that they left the place before midnight.

It is a blatant breach of the team rules, which stipulates that the players must obtain permission to enjoy alcohol. Therefore, it was taken up on a holdmøde Thursday morning, where the players acknowledged the error and apologized to teammates.

- We talked about it, for various reasons, and if it inappropriate, they have done.

We decided in future to concentrate on the håndboldmæssige, that is what we are here for, say landsholdschef Jan 'Stopper' Karlsson

Captain Gottfridsson at the european championships in 2018. Photo: MARKO DJURICA/Ritzau Scanpix

He explains that none of the players will be punished for their actions, but that the Swedish håndboldforbund will now look at whether the rules must be tightened and/or clarified.

On the international website was the names quickly published, and captain Jim Gottfridsson was quick with an apology:

- We have rated the wrong and take full responsibility for what we have done. We have apologized to everyone on the team and apologize also for all the fans and all, who are working to make this EM tournament to a peak, says Gottfridsson.

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Updated: 16.01.2020 17:00
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