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Henke banned for punching opponent

Helsingborg star Henrik Larsson has been banned for two matches after punching an opponent in a match last Saturday.

The former Celtic striker delivered an apparently unprovoked blow to Jon Jönsson’s stomach. The punch floored the Elfsborg player, although the referee missed the incident.

The ban means that Larsson will miss Helsingborg’s match against Gais and the Skåne derby against Malmö FF.

The Swedish Football Association’s competition committee announced the punishment at Friday lunchtime.

“Larsson’s actions were not connected to the game and cannot be seen as an unintentional reflex,” the committee wrote in its ruling.

Expressen quotes Bosse Andersson, an official at Helsingborg, saying that the club was “inclined to appeal” the ban.

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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.
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