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Hamren blasts Swedish FA

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Jun 2012

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Erik Hamren has launched a scathing attack on the Swedish FA’s (SvFF) scheduling after their Under-21 side was beaten 6-0 by Ukraine.

The national-team boss questioned the motives of the domestic governing body, as most of the players involved in the European Under-21 Championship qualifier were injured going into the match.

Anders Svensson and Tobias Hysen, who form part of Sweden’s 23-man squad for Euro 2012, are suffering from physical and mental fatigue, and Hamren is now looking for answers from the SvFF.

“Swedish football should stop and think if what they are doing is the right thing,” he told reporters at a press conference.

“And if this is the way you want to run things, then you are giving your players very little chance to win. This, for me as national-team coach, is unacceptable.”

Hamren suggested the season in Sweden should have started earlier, while the first rounds of the campaign should be played on artificial grass if weather conditions are poor.

Sweden’s top-flight runs concurrently to most other European league, beginning on March 31 and running until November 4, with a break for the European Championship midway through the season.

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