COPENHAGEN: Former Denmark midfielder Stig Tofting (pic) has been released from jail after serving more than three months for assault, the daily EkstraBladet reported on Thursday.
The 34-year-old, who last played for English premier league club Bolton Wanderers, was sentenced in October for an assault in a Copenhagen restaurant in June 2002 and began his prison term on March 18 this year.
The paper said Tofting was set free on Wednesday 16 days early and was now planning a month-long trip to Beijing to find a new team since Danish Superleague club AGF Aarhus, who he played for as a youngster, were unlikely to sign him.
"Our economic reality.., plus the fact that we have many qualified midfielders, is why we have not yet started negotiations with Stig," AGF director Frank Heskjaer told the paper.
The midfielder will arrive in Tianjin soon for a 10-day trial, Sina.com said.
Tofting, a key member of the Danish squad at the 2002 World Cup finals, has been capped 41 by his.
The Chinese league resumed this week after a three-month break due to the SARS epidemic.
Tianjin are currently fourth from bottom of the 15-team league. – Agencies