Six footballers face abuse allegations

13.10.2021 - 11:51
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Six players for the Icelandic men’s national football team have been accused of sexual abuse or harassment and are out of the squad for as long as their cases are under investigation.

According to Morgunblaðið, the board of KSÍ (the Icelandic FA) received an email from the Öfgar activist group on the 27th September, which the paper’s sources say included the names of six players and the dates of their alleged crimes. 

The email was discussed at the KSÍ board meeting on the 30th September. The email is being treated as confidential. The following day, team coach Arnar Þór Viðarsson announced his squad for the home matches against Armenia and Liechtenstein on the 8th and 11th October (which ended 1-1 and 4-0 respectively) and it is claimed he was unable to select all the players he wanted to because of the abuse allegations. 

Three new names 

Three of the national team players facing allegations have already been named in the media, but the other three mentioned in the email have not. They are all said to be regular members of the squad for several years with many A-team appearances between them. 

Morgunblaðið reports that their cases are being investigated by Sigurbjörg Sigurpálsdóttir, the sports and youth communications adviser at the ÍSÍ national sports and Olympic organisation. While that investigation is ongoing, the six players will not be included in the national team squad, the newspaper reports. 

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