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‘Burger battle’ may prove costly for Borås

The burger dispute related to next year’s European under-21 football championships in Sweden may end up putting a dent in Borås’s public finances.

Because of a disagreement between the western Swedish town and the governing body for European football, Eufa, a series of matches originally scheduled in Borås have now been moved to another venue.

The secretary general of the Swedish Football Association, Sune Hellströmer, has written a letter to the municipality’s governing board stating that Borås didn’t fulfill “it’s contractual obligations”.

As a result, the association has the right to request compensation from the city for the additional costs associated with moving the matches to Halmstad, which lies about two hours south.

The dispute stems from demands by Eufa that a franchise of the Swedish fast food chain Max close its doors during next summer’s tournament.

The restaurant, which has a contract with the city of Borås, sits in the arena where the football games were to played.

Uefa wanted the restaurant shuttered because, according to its rules, only official sponsors are allowed to be seen in the arena during tournament play.

McDonald’s, one of Max’s primary competitors in Sweden, is a major Uefa sponsor.

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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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