Women footballers defend ‘Baywatch’ video

Players from a Swedish women's football team who starred in a Baywatch homage video have defended the YouTube clip explaining that "sex sells". However, the popular clip has nevertheless been taken down.

Women footballers defend 'Baywatch' video

“We have to do these kinds of things to reach out,” said team goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who was unable to feature in the video due to an injury, to the Expressen newspaper.

The video, which was posted earlier in the week, featured a scene-by-scene homage to the opening clip of popular US TV drama Baywatch, complete with the footballers in red bikinis running in slow motion along a beach.

Lindahl explained that the video was made “to get a lot of hits on YouTube to spread women’s football” however admitted that it was unfortunate that “sex appeal” was needed as a catalyst.

“It’s not the first video KDFF has done, there are several versions. But what’s interesting is that this one has got so many views. It’s because sex sells, and it’s really terrible that this is how it is,” she said.

“It’s not the first film that’s been taken down. For us to share our message we need to do these kinds of things. but we don’t have the money for marketing, so what can we do?” she asked.

The coach of the team, Mikael Forsberg defended the video’s content.

“It’s not the management but the girls who made the film. It doesn’t cross the line. It’s no different to the sports ads with Ronaldo and Beckham,” he told the paper.

“Strangely, when it comes to girls’ soccer it doesn’t work the same way as it does with the guys.”

It remains unclear exactly why the video was removed from YouTube.

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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.