‘Spank her arse’ coach returns to train teens

The floorball coach who was suspended after having used sexually suggestive materials known as "hot babes on defence" to train a team of 14-year-old boys has been allowed to return to duty after two months away.

'Spank her arse' coach returns to train teens

“He has shown great leadership skills over a long period of time,” said the club’s chairman Ulf Sylwander to local paper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD).

The controversial materials sparked a media storm when they became public in January and reference strategies known as ”Petra”, ”Jennifer” and ”Sofia”.

They were devised by the coach to show the boys on the FBC Engelholm floorball team how to play in various circumstances.

According to the strategies, referred to as ”hot babes on defence” (Snygga brudar i försvaret), “Sofia” is “hot and sexy” and likes to ”dress provocatively” and ”help herself in bed”.

”By snogging and feeling up Sofia at the right moment we will reach the optimum result,” the notes read.

”In bed, you can rip her clothes and spank her bottom.”

“Petra” meanwhile, “scratches, bites and likes to dominate” and “gets in the mood when you are aggressive”.

The coach had been suspended shortly after his materials became public pending an internal investigation by FBC Engelholm and Sylwander said it wasn’t expected that he’d be able to come back so easily, according to the paper.

However, Sylwander told HD that there were many reasons the coach was allowed to return, despite the fact that the man clearly had made a mistake.

“Many in the club place a lot of trust in him, not in the least among the players and the parents, which counts for something,” Sylwander said to HD.

Since the incident became known, the club has created a work group between the board, the parents and the area floorball association, to avoid anything similar to happen again.

So far they have met with sports and gender scholar Jesper Fundberg from the Malmö University and started devising an action plan against sexist behaviour.

“This has hit the club rather hard and we are treating it very seriously,” said Sylwander to HD.

The man is now back coaching the 14-year-old boys.

“As far as I know, he started coaching the team again this week,” Sylwander confirmed to HD.

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Spain thrown out of 2023 Rugby World Cup

Spain have been thrown out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup for fielding an ineligible South African-born player during the qualifying stages and will be replaced by Romania, World Rugby announced on Thursday.

Spain thrown out of 2023 Rugby World Cup

“Subject to Spain’s right of appeal, the 10-point deduction applied to the Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification table means that Romania will qualify as Europe 2 into Pool B replacing Spain,” read the statement.

Portugal — who Spain beat to seal their place in the global showpiece in France next year — replace Romania in the Final Qualification Tournament taking place in November 2022.

“Spain has a right of appeal within 14 days of the date of the full written decision of the committee,” read the statement.

According to Spanish media in March, the player under investigation was South African-born prop Gavin van den Berg, who has been playing in Spain since 2018.

He played twice against the Netherlands, in 2020 and 2021, in qualifiers, but he may not seemingly have served the three years of residency needed to become eligible under World Rugby rules.

Spain, Romania and Belgium were all sanctioned in 2018 for having fielded ineligible players, opening the way for Russia to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.