Stockholm football club coach quits after threats

Michael Borgqvist has resigned his post as head coach of Stockholm football club Hammarby IF after receiving a number of anonymous threats.

Stockholm football club coach quits after threats

“It is completely unacceptable that our employees receive threats in this way and this is the result,” said Hammarby Fotboll AB CEO Åsa Sånemyr in a statement from the club on Monday.

Since being relegated from Sweden’s top flight in 2009, Hammarby, one of four professional clubs in Stockholm, has experienced tough times both on and off the field.

The club is currently languishing in mid-table of Sweden’s second division, a full 14 points off the pace. After a more promising start to the second half of the season the team has begun to drop points with criticism of Borgqvist intensifying as a result, now confirmed to have extended to threats against him.

“It is awful that this is happening,” Sånemyr said.

“It is most regrettable that Micke feels forced to leave his post and it is frustrating that we lack the tools to rid ourselves of this type of incident.”

Sånemyr recognised that Borgqvist and co-trainer, former Manchester United winger Jesper Blomqvist, have had to work with very limited resources as the club has battled to ward off bankruptcy amid serious financial difficulties.

The club announced last week that it had agreed to sell star striker Linus Hallenius to Italian Serie A club Genoa in a move to help bolster finances. The announcement however lead to a boardroom crisis with chairman Henrik Wesslén forced out, and Sånemyr submitting her resignation.

The club have confirmed that Blomqvist will remain in his post until the managerial issue is addressed by the Hammarby Fotboll AB board.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).