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Arsenal youngsters sent home after cup row

A youth team from Arsenal was expelled from a football tournament and sent home on Sunday after three players were picked up by police on Saturday evening in Helsingborg.

According to reports in Helsingborg Dagblad, the trouble started earlier on during a bad tempered match between Arsenal Soccer School ‘s 15-year-olds team and a local side in the Eskilscupen competition.

The bad blood between the youngsters simmered on and boiled over during a youth disco in the evening for all those taking part in the competition. Fighting apparently broke out between opposing players and one of the boys from the English team was thrown out of the disco.

Afterwards further trouble erupted and the police had to be called to the scene to break things up.

Carlos Paulsson part of a police youth group said, “It was chaos when we got there. We had to put handcuffs on some of them to calm down the situation.”

The boys involved were then escorted back to Elinebergs School where they had staying and the entire team had to go home on Sunday.

Explaining the reasons for banishing the team from the competition, Tommy Billqvist, organiser of the event said in a statement that the Arsenal Soccer School players behaviour was contrary to the values of Eskilscupen and Eskilsminne IF.

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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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