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Icelandic soccer is rocked by sexual assault scandal

Icelandic soccer is rocked by sexual assault scandal

The president of the Icelandic Football Federation (KSI) resigned after two women accused a national team player of having sexually harassed them in 2017 and one of them also accused the federation of having tried to buy their silence.

On Friday, 25-year-old Thórhildur Gyda Arnarsdóttir told RUV public television that she reported being the victim of violence and sexual harassment by a member of the national team at a party in the capital Reykjavik in September 2017.

The woman indicated that the player acknowledged the facts, apologized and offered him a sum of money.

According to Arnarsdóttir, another woman also reported the same player for a sexual assault committed the same night.

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The young woman also stated that she knows at least six other players involved in cases of sexual assault.

After several emergency meetings over the weekend, federation president Gudni Bergsson resigned on Sunday and the federation admitted in a statement that it did not handle the situation correctly.

«Dear victims, we believe you and we ask for your forgiveness. We are aware that we (…) have let you down and we intend to improve ”, wrote the board of directors.

According to the young woman’s testimony, a lawyer representing the federation asked her if she was willing to receive financial compensation – the amount of which was not specified – in exchange for her silence, which she refused.

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An accusation that the federation nevertheless rejects.

The woman did not reveal the name of the footballer in question, but according to several Icelandic media it would be international Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who played for Ajax Amsterdam and Nantes, among others.

Without confirming this information, the football federation announced on Sunday that the forward, initially called up, will not finally be in the games against Romania, North Macedonia and Germany. AFP (HN)

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