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Sweden plans crackdown on sports hooligans

Sweden plans to crack down on hooliganism in football and other sports, the country's justice and sports ministers wrote in an article in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Saturday.

The government plans to appoint a special investigator to make a series of proposals in 2008, including giving police and prosecutors the right to independently ban troublemakers from sports arenas, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask and Sports Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth wrote.

Under current laws, prosecutors can only bar a person from a venue if a sporting club has requested a ban.

The ministers also said sporting clubs ought to be quicker to suspend supporters who violate public order regulations, and called for better controls at arena entrances to check fans and what they are bringing into the stadium.

The ministers also want sporting clubs to “examine the possibility of seeking civil damages from people whose actions hurt organisers.”

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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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