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Swedish players in 'anthrax' prank

PUBLISHED: 11:26 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

THE anthrax prank at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club was carried out by two players from Swedish football team Helsingborgs, the club has admitted.

They caused uproar by playing the anthrax prank before the UEFA cup match against Ipswich Town.

THE anthrax prank at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club was carried out by two players from Swedish football team Helsingborgs, the club has admitted.

They caused uproar by playing the anthrax prank before the UEFA cup match against Ipswich Town.

The pair slipped an envelope containing a mystery wide powder under the door of a hotel room occupied by the club's sports department manager Thomas Stenberg.

He was horrified and feared he could have been targeted by a terrorist attempting to spread potentially-deadly anthrax spores.

The alarm was raised and four fire crews, police and ambulance paramedics were sent to investigate at the luxury golf club's hotel early on Thursday.

Firefighters in chemical protection suits washed down Mr Stenberg along with 19 other people who might have come into contact with the substance.

The alert in the early hours of Thursday ended when the players admitted the powder was a harmless energy drink. They were both given official police warnings.

Helsingborgs IF refused to identify the players who were part of the squad that drew 0-0 in the first leg of its second round UEFA cup tie on Thursday night.

After flying back to Sweden yesterday, club press officer Gunnar Brink said: "I can confirm that two of our players were responsible and the club has apologised.

"It was a prank which got out of control. It was only aimed at people inside the club and it was supposed to have been sorted out before any authorities got involved.

"The players who were involved are indeed sorry and very regretful – but they have not been disciplined to my knowledge."

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