Football player quits after death threats

On Sunday American TV show The Sopranos returned to SVT. On Monday, DN made it sound like Swedish football was caught up in an episode of the popular gangster show with the headline: "Assyriska Player Quits After

Death Threat”.

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.

Sources: Expressen, Aftonbladet

Jon Buscall


Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.