Police arrest man who creates threatening situation around training Swedish national football team | European Championship qualification

The police arrested a man who behaved suspiciously during the training of the Swedish football selection around the Solna stadium, media in the country report. The person in his sixties is said to have had bags with potentially dangerous objects. He also used threatening language.

Martin Fredman, security manager of the Swedish Football Association, confirmed that a person was spotted trying to enter the stadium without permission. The suspect was arrested by the police, who then checked the stadium for suspicious objects with police dogs, among other things. “I was told he said he had brought things that could cause chaos,” Friedman said.

The suspect was arrested by the police, who then checked the stadium with police dogs and robots to check whether the man had left any objects behind. According to aftonbladet the police would not have found anything dangerous in the searched bags. The Swedish selection has left the stadium with some delay.

Emil Forsberg, one of the Swedish stars, said after the incident that he initially thought of the children attending training at the Friends Arena. “Hopefully they didn’t have to see it. Apparently they were told exactly what was going on. I never really felt unsafe myself. We had to wait in the dressing room and then ate something together,” said the RB Leipzig footballer.

Sweden will play against Belgium in Solna on Friday, as part of the qualification for the European championship. The Friends Arena can accommodate almost 55,000 spectators and all seats will be filled. Around 700 Belgian supporters will be present at the match.

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