Swedish team gets 1-year ban for homophobic taunts

The management board of an amateur football club in Sweden has

suspended its entire team for one year after players allegedly

hurled homophobic remarks at opponents during a match last


Sorskogen team chairman Ketil Torp says the players denied

making such remarks at the Stockholm Snipers, a team that prides

itself for having members of different sexual orientations. He also

says the match referee didn’t hear the remarks.

Torp says the accusations were ”so severe” that the seventh

division players were ordered to face the club board immediately

after the game. The players, however, refused to do so and received

a 5,000 kronor ($758) fine from the local football association.

The players, aged between 25 and 30, have previously been

penalized for rude remarks and violence.