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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 4, 2006

Sweden send home trio after breaking curfew

Sweden coach Lars Lagerback has sent home three players from the squad, including Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg, to face face Liechtenstein after they broke a curfew during a night out.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, defender Mellberg and midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson have all been asked to leave the training camp in Gothenburg, where the team are preparing for this week's Euro 2008 qualifier, after staying out late on Sunday evening.

A statement from the Swedish FA (SvFF) confirmed the trio had broken the rules.

'The national team have decided to send home three players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Olof Mellberg and Christian Wilhelmsson, from the current training camp in Gothenburg,' said the statement.

'On Sunday the players were given some free time during the afternoon and evening, agreeing to meet again at the hotel at 23.00. The majority of players returned in time but three players stayed out until around 1.15.

'According to the team's management, the trio broke the agreed curfew and have therefore decided the three players will leave the national team in Gothenburg.'

Sweden began their Group F qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Latvia last Saturday, with the team welcoming Liechtenstein to Gothenburg's Ullevi stadium on Wednesday.

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