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Polish football hooligans sentenced in Sweden

A Swedish court sentenced five Polish football fans to jail terms of two and three months on Tuesday after violence following a match between IFK Gothenburg and Slask Wroclaw.

Polish football hooligans sentenced in Sweden
The match between IFK Gothenburg and Slask Wroclaw on July 23rd. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The violence occurred on July 23rd both before and after a Europa Leauge qualifier in several locations in Gothenburg in western Sweden.

Five men attacked a downtown pub with “smoke bombs, bottles and other objects”, caused extensive damage inside and assaulted police officers, the Gothenburg court said.

The five denied involvement although they were filmed by bystanders and witnesses. Two of them were sentenced to two months while three others got an additional month.

They will have to pay compensation for damages caused.

Slask Wroclaw was eliminated in the second preliminary match of the Europa League losing the match 2-0.

A total of 33 supporters were initially arrested, but only five were charged.

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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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