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Footballer banned after spouse abuse conviction

The Local/dl · 15 Dec 2011, 10:00

Published: 15 Dec 2011 10:00 GMT+01:00

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Gerndt, who plays professionally for FC Utrecht in the Netherlands, was fined 80,000 kronor and handed a two-year suspended sentence for after being convicted on two counts of assaulting his wife.

The 25-year-old striker stood accused of pushing his wife through a hedge and then kicking a football at her that struck her in the thigh with extreme force in September 2010.

In another incident from April 2011, Gerndt was accused of backing into his wife with a car door and then later putting her in a strangle hold.

Despite the guilty verdict, Gerndt maintains his innocence.

“I've been wrongly convicted. I feel terrible. There's no truth in what she says,” he said via his agent, Per Jonsson, to Swedish footballing news website fotballskanalen.se.

On Wednesday evening, the Swedish Football Association (Svenska fotbollförbundet) decided to suspend Gerndt from the national team until further notice.

“Gerndt isn't available for the national team. That would be insulting,” football association head Lars-Åke Lagrell told the Expressen newspaper.

According to Lagrell, the association's seven board members were unanimous in deciding to suspend the striker, who has scored two goals in six appearances with Sweden's national side since 2010.

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While the suspension takes effect immediately, Lagrell added that Gerndt could appeal the ruling and thus refused to speculate how long the suspension may last.

The next scheduled match for Sweden's national team is a friendly against Qatar set for January 23rd 2012.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:28 December 15, 2011 by bolababu
not only immigrants abuse their wives afterall, waiting for the comments on this one :-)

If he actually did those things, he got a deserving punishment.
10:42 December 15, 2011 by DAVID T
Maybe she drove him to it - haha :-)
11:42 December 15, 2011 by Central European
Well I do not know any immigrant who plays soccer with his wife ?

But for me is always strange understand why wifes and husbands who are facing home violance continues the relationship ....
15:58 December 15, 2011 by zooeden
C´mon, whoever it is I believe there is profesional help to treat the violence and anger management!!!

Keep him in the team and help him with proffesional asistance, Like any club in the uk would do!!!
21:59 December 15, 2011 by suprkynu
he should be given awarness classes about violence. and the punisment is actualy better for him if he insulted his wife becouse he may re-think back about what he did was definetly bad, though sometimes women are controless.
07:12 December 16, 2011 by Grokh
Awesome they should do that more often, althought i doubt they would do that to some football stars because they would lose money on it.

or they would just pretend they are giving him assistance like it happens in most sports.
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