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Football: No replay for Swedish game marred by fan's death

A Swedish first division game abandoned after a supporter died in clashes before kick-off will not be replayed, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) announced on Monday. Helsingborg and Stockholm side Djurgaarden were playing the opening fixture of the new football season on March 30 in the southern city of Helsingborg when news of the 43-year-old's death broke. Djurgaarden fans began chanting "murderer, murderer" and invaded the pitch, causing the match to be called off in the 40th minute. The police advised the referee against restarting the game.

Man held after football fan dies in Sweden

A man in his twenties was arrested in the southern Swedish town of Helsingborg on Tuesday in connection with the death of a football fan from head injuries over the weekend, a police source said. The 28-year-old suspect presented himself to a police station late Monday, police spokesman Kenneth Andersson told AFP, confirming a press report. A 44-year-old fan was taken to hospital with severe head injuries received during fighting in Helsingborg town centre, 30 minutes before a league match between Stockholm team Djurgaarden and Helsingborg on Sunday.

Olympics: Swedish delight as Kalla springs relay upset

Sweden on Saturday caused one of the biggest upsets of the Winter Olympics by taking gold in the women's 4x5km cross-country relay after anchorwoman Charlotte Kalla overtook Finland and Germany in a gripping final leg. Jubilant teammates leaped on Kalla when she crossed the line after pulling back a seemingly impossible deficit of more than 25 seconds following the last changeover. Favourites Norway, who had won every single World Cup, world championships and Olympic women's relay they entered since November 2009, could finish only fifth, 53.6sec off the pace.

Sweden win women's relay gold as Norway stumble

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Charlotte Kalla produced a stunning comeback leg as Sweden won the Olympic women's cross country 4x5km relay in a major upset at the Sochi Winter Games on Saturday. Norway had won all the World Cup and world championships relays since the Vancouver Games, where they also won gold, but could do not better than fifth. Finland took silver while Germany won the bronze.

Olympics: Who's winning what at the Winter Olympics

Who's winning what at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday (after two of seven gold medal events): WOMEN Alpine skiing - super-G Austrian Anna Fenninger claimed Olympic gold in a drama-packed women's super-G that saw a number of racers struggle to finish the demanding course. After only three of the starting 10 racers had made it down the 2.2km-long Rosa Khutor course, Fenninger, starting with bib number 18, clocked 1min 25.52sec for victory.

Football: Ibrahimovic voted top Swede for fifth time

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Sweden's most popular sportsman in 2013 for the fifth year in a row, according to a poll by local newspaper Aftonbladet published Wednesday. "It makes you feel alive," Ibrahimovic told Aftonbladet. The 32-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player received 58.7 percent of the vote. "This means that you've done something right and that you keep doing it," he said. "You try to make everybody have a good time and remember you for what you did on the field."

Swedish FA sparks gender row after Svensson car gift

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish Football Association has caused a storm in the famously gender-equal country by giving Anders Svensson a car to mark his record 146 caps while his female counterpart walked away empty-handed. Midfielder Svensson was presented with the key to a brand new Volvo during the annual Fotbollsgalan ceremony on Monday in recognition of breaking Thomas Ravelli's record of 143 caps.

Football: Sweden squad for Portugal playoff

The Sweden squad for the World Cup European Zone playoff match with Portugal at Lisbon on November 15 and Solna four days later:- Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa/TUR), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen/NED). Defenders: Pierre Bengtsson (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna/ITA), Per Nilsson (Nuremberg/GER), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich/ENG), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar/RUS), Martin Olsson (Norwich/ENG), Adam Johansson (Gothenburg), Mikael Lustig (Celtic/SCO)

Djurgardens manager resigns following supporter threats

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Djurgardens manager Magnus Pehrsson has quit following threats from supporters, the Swedish top-flight club said in a statement on Friday. Swedish soccer has been plagued by violent incidents in recent years, and Pehrsson's decision prompted a news conference by Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who stood on the Djurgarden terraces as a teenager.

Sweden's Gerndt pulls out of squad due to negative reaction

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOM (Reuters) - Striker Alexander Gerndt has withdrawn from the Sweden squad following negative reaction to his selection due to a conviction for domestic violence, the Swedish FA said on its website (www.svenskfotboll.se). "Because of the negative attention around me, I cannot do this at this time. It's better for me to withdraw now and ask for understanding about my decision," said Gerndt, who plays for Swiss club Young Boys.
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