Football hooligans run riot on Swedish flight

Five Swedish football supporters were forced to leave a plane at Malmö Airport on Sunday with a further seven suspected of air traffic sabotage after threatening crew and beating up a fellow passenger.

Despite the fact that five of the followers of Stockholm club Djurgården were forced to leave the plane before take off from Malmö Airport bound for Stockholm Bromma, the situation became so unruly that crew members considered terminating the flight.

Sunday’s loss in the Allsvenskan football match against Malmö FF proved too much for some of the supporters of struggling Djurgården. Several of the football fans lost their senses on the flight operated by Malmö Aviation back to Stockholm.

“When the plane was due to taxi out two people stood up and started shouting and screaming. When a flight attendant and a passenger tried to calm them down so that the plane could take off, the passenger was held down by two supporters while a third punched him,” said Bengt Kihlberg at Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The disturbance forced the plane to return to the gate where police collected five of the more unruly supporters.

Despite the arrests the rowdy behaviour continued all the way to Bromma and when the plane landed in Stockholm it was met with a large police presence.

Seven Djurgården supporters are now suspected of air traffic offences and several reports of assault and threatening behaviour have been filed with police.

“All have been identified but no one has been detained. The prosecutor will take a look at this and hopefully legal proceedings will follow,” said Bengt Kihlberg.

“There were a total of 30-40 Djurgården supporters onboard the aircraft and there was a great deal of irritation that five were forced off the plane. The staff considered interrupting the journey and cabin service was suspended for safety reasons. The situation then improved somewhat and the flight could then be completed,” Bent Kihlberg said.

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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.