Mellberg: I will not play under Lagerbäck again

Olof Mellberg, former captain of Sweden's national football team, has said he will not play for his country again as long as Lars Lagerbäck remains coach.

Mellberg was booted out of the squad set to face Liechtenstein in Gothenburg on Wednesday after returning late to the team hotel on Sunday night. Fellow players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Wilhelmsson were also thrown out the team.

Malmö-based paper Sydsvenskan cites Mellberg calling his ejection from the team “a miscarriage of justice.”

“I don’t intend to play in the national team again as long as Lagerbäck remains. We haven’t done anything,” he said.

The other two excluded players were also said to be upset by the decision to exclude them.

In an official statement on Monday night, Mellberg’s agent confirmed that his client had spent two hours at the Hotel Opalen in Gothenburg on Sunday evening.

“He regrets not following the timetable agreed on Sunday,” the statement said.