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Football team sacked after homophobic threats

A Swedish football (soccer) club has fired all the players on its top team following complaints that players hurled homophobic remarks at members of an opposing team.

"We distance ourselves from all insults. Clearly it's damaging for the club to have players who don't follow the rules," Ketil Torp, chair of the Sörskogens IF football club, told Sveriges Radio (SR).

The incident took place during a Division Seven match played earlier this autumn between Sörskogens IF and the Stockholm Snipers, a club which makes an effort to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) players.

During the match, players from Sörskogens were heard saying "you suck cock for 50 kronor", "all of you have HIV", and "we're probably going to get infected", among several other homophobic remarks, the local Mitt i Huddinge newspaper reported.

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