"KSÍ will not comment on unconfirmed abuse allegation"

20.07.2021 - 16:43
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Guðni Bergsson, head of KSÍ (the Icelandic football association), pictured above, says the organisation will not comment on reports that Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, vice captain of the men’s national football team, has been arrested before the news is officially confirmed by authorities in the UK. No such confirmation has yet been forthcoming.

British media reported yesterday evening that a Premiership footballer has been arrested and questioned, suspected of sexual abuse against a child. Shortly afterwards, Everton confirmed that one of its players is under police investigation and has been removed from the squad while the investigation is ongoing. Mbl.is then reported this morning, along with several other media sources outside the UK, that the player is Gylfi Þór.  

The case is covered in The Guardian today, which, along with other British sources, is prevented by law from naming the player. The Guardian quotes prosecutor Michael Ellis as saying media coverage and social media discussion could disturb the investigation and trial process. “Everybody is innocent until proven guilty, and everybody has the right to a fair trial,” he says. Ellis says that a poorly-judged tweet or post could have a great impact on a trial, cause delays, or in the worst case even make a fair trial impossible. 

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