Sweden not taking action against Sporting Lisbon

MALMOE: A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday dropped a probe into Sporting Lisbon after tests on syringes found at the Portuguese team’s hotel showed no traces of banned substances. 

“There were no banned substances in the syringes ... therefore I have decided today to close the case,” prosecutor Mats Svensson told AFP. 

Swedish police seized used syringes from the hotel rooms of Sporting Lisbon players a day after the team’s UEFA Cup match against Malmo on Oct 15. 

Svensson said Sweden’s National Laboratory of Forensic Science (SKL) had conducted tests to determine if the syringes contained “things that are banned under Swedish law”. 

“They found no traces of narcotics, doping substances or prescription pharmaceuticals,” he said. 

Sporting’s club doctor Jose Pereira has said that a single syringe was used to inject one unnamed player with multi-vitamins. 

“One player received an injectable treatment and the syringe that was used was left in the room, covered in a plastic bag, in a garbage bin,” he told private Portuguese radio station TSF. 

Sporting, one of Portugal’s most popular teams, beat Malmo 1-0 to qualify 3-0 on aggregate for the second round. – AFP 

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