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Swedish football team sacks its entire first squad for homophobic abuse

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  1. Peter A.Sukowski 9 Dec 2012, 4:09am

    I just want to tell you that this action by the president of this [professional] sports team gave me such joy for taking a solid stance on this issue. I thank the powers that be for taking one step towards acceptance and inclusion. Its the right thing to do.

    1. ffs ! I’m not going to try and recommend anymore on my bloody tablet, I’ve just hit report twice in 5 minutes instead of recommend. Sorry, I totally agree with what you.’re saying.

  2. Congratulations to the board. This is a fantastic move. £467 is not much of a fine for what, in the UK, would be criminal offences. Sacking the team shows an unequivocal standpoint and I fully applaud the management for their actions. If only more clubs would really tackle homophobia and hate crimes so clearly and strongly.

  3. I am so surprised homophobic chants to that extent ever even happened, specially in Sweden Those guys deserved every bit of that sacking. The actions of management was clearly justified. This was truly tasteless.
    I manage and play on a gay ice hockey team(with a few straight players on the team) in Canada that plays in a straight league. I would be furious if the other team carried on in that way. The odd “fag” here and there, meant only to distract us is no different than the odd “your mum” jokes. The best response from a gay player is “your dad sucked me off after the last game”. Fight fire with fire, it is adrenaline, sweat and testosterone after all.

    I also wonder, where were the officials in all of this? You would think there would have been something mentioned.

  4. Now that’s what I call appropriate action! Disappointing the homophobia happened is socially advanced Sweden. Just shows we still have a long way to go.

  5. Such a drastic action would prompt some more difficult questions in need of answer. Does the club have any vetting system at all? Who is responsible for the hiring of so many delinquents? etc etc

  6. I’d almost be tempted to follow football here if there was anything like this level of commitment to combating homophobia.

    Well done to the team management.

  7. Amazing. Thank you! This action will have far reaching benefits for anyone experiencing bulling and hate.

  8. Really shocking such could happen is Stockholm!!!

  9. Garry Cassell 9 Dec 2012, 6:59pm

    As a Canadian I commend you for taking such action…nice to see that response was not just words but real action to this sad affair…

  10. OK Sweden. This is great. Now, convince your government it needs to do better on human rights aka past and present (and possible) repatriations to the USA!

  11. Pavlos Prince of Greece 10 Dec 2012, 2:21am

    In Stockholm?! I shocked. Maybe is sport by his nature only male heterosexual (as a substitute of war), and it means – all ways homophobic?

  12. auntie babs 10 Dec 2012, 12:24pm

    After reading this I wanna emigrate to Sweden……

  13. Really amazed to read this – very impressed by the board’s splendidly firm stance.

  14. I am glad hate speech is being fined.

    Now it’s time for hate speech against Jews in Sweden be discouraged also.

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