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Footballers own up to anthrax prank

PUBLISHED: 17:21 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

TWO Helsingborgs players are reported to have admitted being behind an anthrax scare before their UEFA Cup tie at Ipswich. Police were called after an envelope containing a white powder was pushed under the hotel door of the club's sports director.

TWO Helsingborgs players are reported to have admitted being behind an anthrax scare before their UEFA Cup tie at Ipswich.

Police were called after an envelope containing a white powder was pushed under the hotel door of the club's sports director.

The practical joke was played on Thomas Stenberg, who immediately alerted the authorities and found the powder was a substance used in an energy drink.

"There will always be practical jokes where sportsmen are concerned," said Stenberg. "But this was a bad one. Anthrax is no joke."

Police and paramedics were called, and everybody who could have come into contact with the powder was decontaminated and kept out of bed until four in the morning.

"The players are full of regret," said spokesman for Helsingborg who have warned the unnamed duo about their future behaviour.

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