Sweden's Hedman convicted in prostitution case

Published Jan. 10, 2011 4:08 p.m. ET

Retired Sweden goalkeeper Magnus Hedman was convicted Monday of breaking the country's sex crime laws by having sex with a prostitute.

The Svea appeals court in Stockholm overturned a lower court ruling acquitting the 37-year-old keeper, who played club football for Coventry and Celtic, and ordered him to pay 2,500 Swedish kronor ($360) in fines.

Liberian midfielder Dulee Johnson, recently released by Swedish club AIK, was also convicted of paying for sex with the same prostitute on a different occasion.

It wasn't immediately clear if they would appeal the rulings in the case, which stems from a police crackdown on a prostitution ring. Swedish legislation targets those who pay for sex and those who run brothels and escort services but not the prostitutes, who are viewed as victims of the sex trade.

Hedman admitted he had sex with the woman but claimed he didn't pay her and wasn't aware she was a prostitute. His lawyer didn't return calls seeking a comment Monday.

Hedman played 58 matches for Sweden and was part of its 1994 and 2002 World Cup squads.

In 2009, he was convicted of doping after police tests revealed traces of anabolic steroids in his blood. Using anabolic steroids for nonmedical purposes is illegal in Sweden.