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Swedish court gives three years’ jail to Ostersund chairman

Hammarby IF v Ostersunds FK - Allsvenskan

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JULY 09: during the Allsvenskan match between Hammarby IF and Ostersunds FK at Tele2 Arena on July 9, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images)

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HARNOSAND, Sweden -- A Swedish court has sentenced the man regarded as the mastermind behind the rise of Swedish soccer team Ostersund to three years in prison for serious financial crimes.

The Angermanland Court said on Tuesday that Daniel Kindberg was guilty of funneling millions of kronor in taxpayer money into the club in a scheme that involved two other men and three companies, one being the Ostersund municipality’s housing corporation for which Kindberg was chief executive.

When Kindberg was club chairman, Ostersund rose from the amateur ranks in 2011 to Sweden’s top league in 2015, and won the Swedish Cup in 2017.

Ostersund qualified for the Europa League, where it advanced to the knockout stage before losing to Arsenal despite winning the second leg 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.