Arrests mar Helsingborg title celebration

Several arrests were made in Helsingborg town centre on Sunday night as crowds gathered in their thousands to celebrations the local football team winning the Allsvenskan title.

Arrests mar Helsingborg title celebration

Reports of drunkenness were widespread as crowds gathered outside the Grand Hotell in the city in an impromptu party. Police made arrests for drunken behaviour while many were barred from the area as the celebrations started to get out of hand until appeals from the players soothed the situation.

Several players took part in discussions with supporters together with the police which helped to calm things down,” said duty police chief Magnus Lefèvre.

Helsingborg secured the Swedish Premier League title ironically with a little help from their bitter rival Malmö FF. The champions elect were in a great position having won their game 3-1 at Gais, but needed their neighbours to do them a favour by taking points from AIK.

Malmö duly obliged by scoring an equaliser in the dying seconds of the game at Råsunda in a 1-1 draw, giving the title to Helsingborg. The team were on their way back on the coach when they heard the news, promoting wild celebrations which were to be the start of a long evening in Skåne.

Fans gathered first at the club’s home stadium Olympia to greet the players, and then later on the party started in town as thousands took to the streets to celebrate.

In the end a few arrests were made for drunken behaviour as police battled to keep a lid on further outbreaks and although the party went on late into the night, things eventually calmed down as crowds finally dissipated.

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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.