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Footballer suspended after sponsor ultimatum

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 14 Oct 2010, 12:13

Published: 14 Oct 2010 12:13 GMT+02:00

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The news of Johnson's arrest is the latest in a string of setbacks for the Solna-based club, which was recently fined by UEFA following crowd trouble, and provoked strong reactions from key sponsors.

The club's main backer, the brewer Åbro, issued an ultimatum on Wednesday telling the club to suspend Johnson within 24 hours or lose its sponsorship. Other sponsors followed suit in calling for action.

"We give AIK a day to get rid of Dulee Johnson. He harms the club too much," Åbro CEO Henrik Dunge said. "It harms us too much if he remains. He is a talented footballer player but he has to go."

A further key AIK sponsor, construction firm Peab, has argued that Johnson should be sacked from the club, regardless of whether he is freed from the rape allegations.

"It is a personal tragedy how he blusters and wrecks AIK's and the sponsors' trademarks," Peab vice-CEO Mats Johansson said.

In statement on the club's webpage on Wednesday afternoon AIK confirmed that Dulee Johnson has been suspended "until further notice".

"AIK Football has suspended midfielder Dulee Johnson until further notice. We will return when there is more to report on the matter," the statement read.

The playmaker will thus be unable to play in Saturday's relegation battle at home to Gefle IFF, and is a doubt for the club's remaining three matches.

The 24-year-old was taken in questioning by police on Tuesday in connection with allegations that he raped a 22-year-old woman in his Solna home in May. He has been formally arrested and the prosecutor will take a decision on Thursday whether to remand him into custody.

Evidence against the Liberian star is reported by the Aftonbladet daily to be strong and is based on witness testimony from a friend of the player's who was in the apartment at the time of the alleged assault.

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The player denies the allegations and his lawyer Mikael Lindén, called AIK's decision "hasty" in an interview with the newspaper.

"People should regard him as innocent until proven otherwise," Lindén said.

Dulee Johnson has been embroiled in a series of scandals during his time playing for AIK and Häcken in Sweden. He has been convicted of drink driving on several occasions and was in 2005 convicted of assaulting his then girlfriend, receiving a sentence of 60 days community service.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:52 October 14, 2010 by maxbrando
He likes blonde Swedes, huh?
16:57 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
Innocent until proven guilty...although I would not have him babysit my daughters.
17:36 October 14, 2010 by bolababu

About babysitting your daughters, i am sure that conclusion is drawn from the colour of his skin more than from the first phrase in your sentence.
18:22 October 14, 2010 by tuerd1982
Why there is no severe punishment for rapers in Sweden? What is the difference between human and animal?
19:47 October 14, 2010 by RobinHood

You know so much about the posters here. Can we read your wise comments more often?
20:33 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith

Are you really sure of anything?
01:07 October 15, 2010 by double concerto
Is he from the Congo??? Just been reading about the mass rapes there, and in South Africa, absolutely horrendous. I guess it's part of the culture there in Africa, so this guy will try his luck in Sweden to try and change the culture to what he is used to I guess.
04:03 October 15, 2010 by 2350steven
The meds that the Western Civilized World pays for and sends to sub Saharan Africa to combat AIDS are broken up into a powder and smoked to get high. The Blacks believe that raping children and babies will cure AIDS. Whites living in South Africa are also targeted for rape.
05:03 October 15, 2010 by Carnitas
African charged with rape. Wow. Shocker.
06:39 October 15, 2010 by ledax
@maxbrando - Where does it say the victim is Swedish and blonde?

@Carnitas - Sarcasm... Are all Africans living in Sweden guilty of rape?

I think it's a mix of a guy thinking he deserves it all because he plays football... Idiot !
08:07 October 15, 2010 by G Kin
@double concerto.

A good generalization from you there (.... I guess it's part of the culture there in Africa, so ...).

You are really very level headed aren't you?. Even that rapist caught in Örebro must be african.!


Are you one of those disgruntled Whites that have fled South Africa?. hahahaha

A chance for you to vent the black hate you habour?. I do not feel sorry for what happens to whites like you in South Africa. It is only the aftermath of what you created.

09:44 October 15, 2010 by WelshSwede
I thought innocent until proven guilty. End of!
11:45 October 15, 2010 by double concerto
Guilty until proven innocent. End of!!!
11:56 October 15, 2010 by Audrian
There are two or three racist individualls who do not stop spouting disgusting words of racism without end.

The majority of human beings are not racist. I do not know why we have a few but too many for a discussion board of this size?
12:15 October 15, 2010 by stupr
How on earth did we end up with such inappropriate racist comments on a football story? That is really quite sad.

bolababu started this with a ridiculous comment, followed up with equally unnecessary posts from double concerto, 2350steven and Carnitas. You are really sad individuals.

Now back to the story at hand - I think it is quite right to suspend him whilst the investigation takes place, however I do not agree with the clubs sponsors asking that he be sacked regardless of the outcome. If he is convicted, absolutely, sack him then. If he is cleared then he should be able to come back to the club.
12:43 October 15, 2010 by bosfun
Wow....some really sad cowards on this board!!!! (Yes "Carnitas",double concerto, 2350steven I am speaking to you......hide behind a keyboard and username, just pathetic!!)

Anyways, I agree....do not agree with the clubs sponsors asking that he be cut regardless of the outcome. If he is convicted, absolutely, sack him then. If he is cleared then he should be able to come back to the club.
16:02 October 15, 2010 by NickM
Surely the guy deserves a hearing first? I've never heard of a sponsor doing something like this based on a suspicion. Maybe Abro just don't think it's worth investing in AIK anymore and want an excuse to get out of their contract.
20:24 October 15, 2010 by 2350steven
Alot of name calling. If you tell the truth you get the treatment. Does anyone here no who Jacob Zuma is? He is the 66 year old President of South Africa. He was charged with raping a much younger woman a few years ago and his defence was that it was concentual. He was aquitted. He is also known for singing a song infront of large Black rallys. The name of the song is "Bring Me My Machine Gun". It's about killing White people. It drives the Blacks into a frenzy. Can you imagine being White and living in a country like that? Seriously! If a high level Swedish government official sang a similar song about killing all Blacks what would be the response? He would not have a job anymore.
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