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Lithuanian rugby players angry after Sweden theft

Lithuania's rugby federation plans to report an incident of burglary during a match against Sweden to the International Rugby Board, claiming that their hosts had brushed the matter aside.

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.

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.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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