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Swedish pro footballer cleared of rape

Swedish football player Dulee Johnson of Stockholm side AIK was cleared on Monday of charges relating to the alleged rape of a woman earlier this year.

Swedish pro footballer cleared of rape

Johnson stood accused of assaulting a 22-year-old woman at his home in Solna north of Stockholm on May 27th, but the Solna District Court threw out the charges on Monday morning.

Johnson was detained on suspicion on rape on October 15th after he was arrested by the police three days earlier. He admitted to having had sexual relations with the woman, while maintaining his innocence of the rape charges.

The court ruling means that Johnson walked free from the court, which was not satisfied that the evidence was sufficient to remand him into custody.

AIK suspended Johnson in October after key sponsors demanded action after the midfield star’s arrest. 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.

Liberian-born Johnson was granted Swedish citizenship in March.

His arrest was the latest in a string of setbacks for Solna-based AIK, which was recently fined by UEFA following crowd trouble, which also provoked 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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