Swede sent to prison for anti-Israel Davis Cup rioting

April 29, 2009 15:17

The Malmo District Court on Wednesday sentenced an 18-year-old Swede to 15 months in prison for rioting at an anti-Israel protest during a Davis Cup tennis match. The man was convicted of throwing paving stones at police during a protest outside the arena where Sweden and Israel were playing behind closed doors. He was also found guilty of drug possession. Police detained almost 100 people and arrested 10 during the March 7 riots. The matches were played without spectators after Malmo city officials said they could not guarantee security at the venue due to the IDF's operation in Gaza. The Davis Cup Committee fined the Swedish tennis federation $25,000 and banned Malmo from hosting Davis Cup matches for five years because of the decision.

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