Swedish court Frees Nigerian Footballer


A District Court in Sweden has dismissed charges of assault on a police officer levelled against ex-Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Etuhu,The Nation reports.

In a ruling yesterday, December 8, the court discharged in its entirety the charges brought up against Etuhu and his friend.

According to the court, Etuhu was not involved in any act of violence against the officials and was only being protective.

Reacting afterwards, Etuhu described the verdict as “great news.”

The former Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Etuhu was arrested in November after allegedly being involved in a scuffle with security guards and police in Sweden on a Sunday night.

The 33-year-old player, who has previously played for Manchester City, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn, is now plying his trade for Stockholm-based side AIK.

According to reports, the Nigerian landed himself in trouble after the incident outside a nightclub in the area.

A brawl took place after Etuhu and two other men were denied entrance to the venue, before the police were called to the scene of the crisis.

Etuhu however released a statement via his club’s website after the incident.

He said: “I want to confirm that I am the AIK player that was involved in the incident that has been reported in the media during the last two days.

“I’m coming forward because I don’t want any more speculation surrounding my team-mates about who was involved and I have always stood up for my actions. I have talked to my club and the police about what in my opinion happened on Sunday night, and I will today file a report to the police about what I believe caused the incident and the way the security staff acted.

“I have no further comments since it is now an ongoing police investigation.”AIK’s director of football Björn Wesström added: “It’s never good news when anyone in our club is involved in this kind of matter.

“I have been in contact with the player and had a good conversation with him in which he calmly gave his version of the story.”

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