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Handball ref exposed himself to hotel maids

Handball ref exposed himself to hotel maids

Published: 22 Jan 2011 08:09 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2011 08:09 GMT+01:00

The referee was arrested by police on Thursday night and detained for questioning on suspicions of sexual molestation.

He was released on Friday, however, it remains unclear why the official pulled his pants down in front of hotel cleaners.

Staff members at the hotel in Gothenburg where most of the World Championship teams and officials are staying complained that the referee had exposed himself in front of them.

The cleaners relayed their complaint to hotel managers, who in turn called the police, according to TV4 news website Nyhetskanalen.se.

The referee’s behaviour was unwelcome news for the International Handball Federation (IHF), which decided to immediately suspend this referee for the entire World Championships, according to a statement on its website.

According to Nyhetskanalen.se, the referee traveled to Copenhagen on Friday in order to catch a flight to his home country.

The IHF has also asked for a report from the World Championship arrangers to determine what further action may be taken against the referee.

After tying for the top spot in its preliminary group with Poland, Sweden currently finds itself tied for second place in main round competition with Poland and Argentina behind Group II leaders Denmark.

The tournament, which began on January 13th, concludes on January 30th with gold and bronze medal matches to be played in Malmö in southern Sweden.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:35 January 22, 2011 by UScitizen
BOY! This story is open for some funny comments. Come on all you Local readers, show me what you've got! so to speak :o))
13:07 January 22, 2011 by johnny1939
No fun anywhere these days. Sweden becomes more humourless for every day. Everything is so deadly serious. Maybe the guy was just changing pants and did not pay any attention to the maid? Not nice but that is the way some people treat "servants" they just do not exist...a part of the furniture so to say. Did she really have to report it?
18:28 January 22, 2011 by kcussmilsum
What about all those Swedes takin' a leak on the sidewalks and roadways?

Back in the states, they can be proscecuted and labled a sex offender for life!
18:42 January 22, 2011 by BobWas
Would he have got off if he'd been a softball ref? I think not!
18:46 January 22, 2011 by Maler1971
The Ref exclaimed "Service room now"
20:13 January 22, 2011 by Madstadlad
He was just explaining the rules of the sport..."Look ladies, hand...ball"
21:56 January 22, 2011 by Swedesmith
It would have been even funnier if he was from Bangkok.
00:16 January 23, 2011 by GLO
What's a guy gota do for a date!
01:18 January 23, 2011 by BobWas
Poor man misheard the English teacher.

It's "a BIRD in the hand is worth two in the bush"
13:18 January 23, 2011 by GLO
I heard ASSange was visiting Sweden...
13:39 January 23, 2011 by Streja
I'm sure you would like any man to expose themselves to your daughters. Then you would go online and post funny comments about it.

it was no accident.

Didn't you know that exposing yourself to others like that is the first step to becoming a rapist?
17:11 January 23, 2011 by muscle
Once again :) desperate attitude shown by few @ssholes in sweden
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