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Swedish pro footballer charged for rape

Swedish football player Dulee Johnson of Stockholm side AIK was charged on Thursday for allegedly raping a woman earlier this year.

Swedish pro footballer charged for rape
Detention hearing of Swedish football player Dulee Johnson of AIK on October 15

Johnson is accused of assaulting a 22-year-old woman at his home in Solna north of Stockholm on May 27th. He was charged at Solna district court by prosecutor Henry Söderman on Thursday, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) reported.

Johnson was detained on suspicion on rape on October 15th after he was arrested by the police three days earlier. He has denied the charges.

Johnson met the woman at a restaurant in Stockholm, after which he invited her and another man to his home, where he allegedly attacked the woman and raped her while she screamed no, according to the indictment.

“I contend that this occurred in his home,” Söderman told SvD on Thursday.

The evidence for the case consists of the interrogations of the woman, Johnson and the man who was present in the apartment during the attack, as well as further witness accounts.

“I think there is enough evidence in the case to initiate legal proceedings,” said Söderman.

The police have not yet referred to any technical evidence.

AIK suspended Johnson earlier last month after key sponsors demanded action after the midfield star’s arrest on suspicion of rape. Beer company Åbro, a main backer, had demanded the club suspend Johnson within 24 hours or lose its sponsorship.

Johnson has been involved in a series of scandals while playing for AIK and Häcken in Sweden. He was convicted of drink driving on several occasions, as well as assaulting his then-girlfriend in 2005, receiving a sentence of 60 days community service.

Despite his criminal record in Sweden, he was granted Swedish citizenship in March. His arrest is the latest in a string of setbacks for Solna-based AIK, which was recently fined by UEFA following crowd trouble, provoking strong reactions from key sponsors.

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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.
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