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Swedes file police report after Berg threatened

2021 Jun 15, 19:18,
Sweden's Marcus Berg lies on the pitch during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group E match between Spain and Sweden at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Monday, June 14, 2021. Photo: AP

The Swedish soccer federation has filed a police report after striker Marcus Berg was subjected to a flood of social media abuse and threats from fans after missing a late chance against Spain at the European Championship.

Berg couldn’t connect cleanly with the ball and missed the target when he had an open net in the second half of Monday’s 0-0 draw in Seville. He received a torrent of abuse online after the game and the team says some of the posts contained illegal threats that have been reported to Swedish police.

Berg says he turned off his social media channels but had been told about the threats.

He says “it was tough yesterday and tough last night. What happens on social media is really sad.”

Sweden coach Janne Anderson says the abuse toward Berg was “completely unacceptable.”


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