Child rapist footballer flees Swedish stadium under police escort

Saturday 31 August 2013 22.39
Miiko Albornoz in action for Malmo
Miiko Albornoz in action for Malmo

A Swedish soccer player convicted of the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl had to get a police escort after rival fans spotted him in the stands and threatened to kill him after the game.

Miiko Albornoz was watching his brother Mauricio score twice for Brommapojkarna in a 4-2 loss to Helsingborg in Sweden's top league.

Convicted of the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl in February, the off-duty player was subjected to abuse from Helsingborg fans who spotted him in the crowd. 

A section began chanting that they were going to kill the convicted player after the game, which led police to escort him from the ground when the match was over.

"I condemn all threats, it doesn't matter who it is," Helsingborg director Paul Myllenberg told Swedish newspaper Sportbladet.

"We can't cut their tongues out unfortunately. We stopped doing that a long time ago in many parts of the world.

"There were some police officers there that escorted us, we had good help from them," said Malmo team mate Jiloan Hamad, who was with Miiko Albornoz at the game.

The player was given a suspended sentence on conviction, with the club reinstating him after consideration during a mutually-agreed period when he did not play . 

Malmo are bitter rivals to league-leaders Helsingborg in Sweden's top professional football division and trail them on goal difference in 2nd place.