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Lithuanian rugby players angry after Sweden theft

AFP/The Local · 8 Nov 2010, 14:14

Published: 08 Nov 2010 14:14 GMT+01:00

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Smarting from a narrow loss to Sweden in European rugby union's fourth tier, Lithuania say they had salt rubbed into the wound by a changing room burglary.

Lithuanian federation delegate Ramunas Grumbinas told AFP on Monday that the Baltic state's team planned to report the incident to the International Rugby Board, claiming the Swedes had not taken their complaints seriously.

"The losses were not extremely big but we were shocked by the Swedes' reaction, as they acted totally indifferently," he said.

Grumbinas said 10 of Lithuania's 25-strong squad had belongings stolen during Saturday's European Nations Cup clash in Trelleborg, which the Swedes won 26-22.'

The unidentified burglars made off with cash, mobile telephones and a camera.

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Lithuania coach Anatolijus Smirnovas was outraged.

"In the 13 years I've been heading the team, this is the first case of theft from rugby players. Should this have happened to the Swedes in Lithuania, it would be a huge scandal," he said in a statement.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:58 November 8, 2010 by Swedesmith
Maybe the locker room should borrow some of the US embassy's surveillance equipment.
18:19 November 8, 2010 by misssh
they most likely already have there dirty cameras there as well
05:35 November 9, 2010 by jbat
@ Swedesmith

US will be very very very happy to lend it as for sure!

Not only that surveillance equipments... armies too if Sweden or any country need it :-)
11:26 November 9, 2010 by McChatter
Unfortunately Mr. Smirnovas' statement is all too true.

Maybe the thief (or thieves) weren't real Swedes?
12:21 November 9, 2010 by ivey007
This happens all the time. Has happened loads of times where I play football. Nobody cares and the poilce dont even bother to come and check for evidence. Its too much work and gets in the way of FIKA for some of them.
14:36 November 9, 2010 by visitorfromnowhere
What makes this so obnoxious is that the loss to the Lithuanians is so much greater than the gain to the alleged Swedish criminals. A typical Swede can buy a camera today. A typical Lithuanian would have to save for a while.
11:11 November 15, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
Swedes indifferent??? Please say it isn't so.
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