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Davis Cup

Israel Criticises Sweden’s Empty Stadium

Published tisdag 3 mars 2009 kl 17.20
Israeli team at Tuesday's press conference

The Israeli team was critical of the decision to play the disputed Davis Cup tennis match this weekend to an almost empty stadium, saying that such a decision may influence other countries to do the same.

“The Davis Cup should not be played without an audience,” said Dudi Sela. His team mate Harel Levy added that he knew that the Swedish team was equally disappointed.

Swedish captain Mats Wilander was the only Swede to comment. Diplomatically he said that he respected the decision made by local authorities.

”I don’t think our game will be affected by neither empty seats nor security precautions,” said Wilander.

However, the stands will not be completely bare. As well as national and international media, representatives from both the Swedish and the International Tennis Association will be present, together with sponsors, and about two hundred junior tennis players from local clubs.

A thousand police officers will be on duty during the match, and local police are expecting up to 10 000 demonstrators to flood in from different parts of the country, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

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