Tel Aviv players freed in Sweden rape probe

Two members of an Israeli football club were detained on Friday at Gothenburg's Landvetter Airport after police received a report they were involved in an alleged rape.

Tel Aviv players freed in Sweden rape probe
The Radisson SAS hotel in Gothenburg

By Friday afternoon, prosecutors had released both players.

“The players have been released and are free to return to Israel,” said vice prosecutor Mats Eriksson to the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper.

The two Hapoel Tel Aviv players, Israeli Itay Shechter and Brazilian national Douglas da Silva, were detained after a reported rape following the team’s victory over IFK Gothenburg.

“What I can say is that we have taken in the two Hapoel Tel Aviv players for questioning. They will be interviewed with the help of a translator during the course of Friday,” Stefan Gustavsson of Gothenburg police told The Local early in the day on Friday.

The players were detained at Gothenburg’s Landvetter Airport as the team was making its way back to Israel.

“The players were not arrested and are not currently suspected of any offence. We have received a report, which we are investigating, and the case has been classified as rape.”

According to reports in the Israeli media the men had ordered female escorts, who accompanied them to the Radisson SAS hotel near Gothenburg’s central train station. The complaint is reported to be a result of a financial dispute between the players and the women.

“I can not comment on the circumstances of the investigation,” Stefan Gustavsson told The Local.

Hapoel Tev Aviv arrived in Sweden on Tuesday under tight security and were met by demonstrations against the first leg of the two match UEFA Europa League tie.

The match finished 1-3 in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s favour despite IFK Gothenburg taking the lead through Tobias Hysén.

The return match will be held in Tel Aviv on August 6th.

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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.