Jan 6 2011
Hockey referee suspended by the Swedish Hockey Association over cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on his Facebook page.
Ivarfjeld–A Swedish Premier Division hockey referee published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. Now he has been suspended and, according to sources, SÄPO [the security police] were contacted.
“We had a meeting with this person and we agree that he should take a time out,” said Swedish Hockey Association’s security chief Peter Anderson.
It was just before Christmas when Swedish Hockey Association Awards and Safety Manager Peter Anderson called in the premier hockey referee for a personal meeting. Sport manager Mikael Lundström was also at the meeting held in the Association’s office at the Globe.
According to Sportbladet the referee was confronted with information that he published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on his Facebook page. The Security manager also had a transcript of the page
“The referee admitted that he posted the picture and referred to the right to freedom of expression,” said a source. Association Managers pressed the referee on the question of whether he was a racist — which he strongly denied.
No one at the area or regional level will comment on the case, which is considered very sensitive.
According to Sportbladet, the Hockey Association has had contact with the Security Police concerning the potential threat that publishing the cartoon can bring.
Last night the Security Service would neither confirm nor deny reports that they were involved in the case.
Blogger’s reply: Sweden needs to be added to the list of hybrid democracies. Because there is no freedom of expression anymore in the nation ruled from Stockholm.
I am not sure if Osama Bin Laden watch hockey matches. But if He do, I am sure that He is trilled that there soon will be only pro Muslim referees on Swedish TV. May be they should try to let only pro Muslim politicians appear in the Parliament, to please Talibanism?