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Continued Dispute over Israel Match

Published fredag 20 februari 2009 kl 17.55

It was not on police recommendation that the decision was taken to play the disputed Davis Cup tennis match against Israel behind closed doors. Now the Swedish Sports Confederation is demanding that the decision is reviewed.

The confederation’s chairwoman Karin Mattson Weijber is critical against the local authorities’ decision to ban spectators. She told News Agency TT that it isn’t a question of public safety but a political decision. As such, it should not be accepted, according to Mattson Weijber.

Despite estimating the threat to public safety as rather high, local police authorities say that they would have been able to handle a full arena. They have already requested reinforcements from different parts of the country, according to the Skåne Police.

However, local authorities maintain that the reason behind the decision is strictly a question of security and has nothing to do with politics.

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