Alexandros Pappas quit Division One [superettan] club Assyrriska after receiving threatening phone calls whilst on the way to training on Friday.
“There was a voice which said I’d die if I played for [the team] again,” Pappas told the press.
When he hung up, the caller dialed again and warned Pappas his family would also be attacked if he didn’t listen to what the caller had to say.
Pappas, who has played 22 of Assyrika’s 25 matches this season, attended training on Friday but after discussions with the club and coaching staff he wasn’t in the team that beat Brommapojkarna 1-0 on Sunday – and won’t be playing for the foreseeable future.
Apparently it’s not the first time someone associated with Assyriska has come in for this kind of treatment. The club’s trainer Edmond Lutaj was threatened in August. Since then the club, traditionally known for its openness, has made it difficult for members of the public to contact players and
Police are currently investigating the threats made to Pappas.
Meanwhile the start of the week saw Aftonbladet and Expressen report that Sweden’s Sven Göran Eriksson was the hottest name on Real Madrid’s hit list – as their next manager.
After the resignation of José Antonio Camacho, the Spanish giants – who’ve now “lost” their fourth manager in three years – need someone to steady the ship if the so-called “white angels” aren’t to find themselves repeating last season’s trophyless debacle. The Swedish tabloids reckon Sven, with his experience and guile, is the right man for the job.
But any hope English fans might have of ditching the highly-payed and increasingly overrated Sven quickly fizzled out. By Thursday afternoon Sir Bobby Robson, the 71-year-old former Newcastle and England manager was being tipped for a swansong stint over at the Bernabeu.
Still, at least Sven’s keeping himself busy. On Tuesday Expressen claimed former ‘Love Rat Sven’ is about to become ‘Pappa Sven’: “Sven and Nancy are planning to have kids,” the paper declared.