Brann will test its players for drugs after stadium party incident

Brann Vibeke JohannesenPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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Brann announced it would test players and areas in the club’s stadium to uncover possible drug use related to a much-talked-about drunken party earlier this week.

Brann’s general manager Vibeke Johannesen confirmed the information to the newspaper Bergensavisen on Saturday night.

“Based on the rumors that there have been drugs involved, we are now working on how we can practically carry out tests of both people and areas in the stadium. The plan is for us to carry out these tests,” she said.

She did not want to go into who or how many people will be tested.

“We must emphasize that these are just rumors, but we will do it (note: the testing) to make sure those involved are checked,” Johannesen told the club’s website about the testing.

Case background

Prosecutor Gunnar Fløystad in the Western Police District told the newspaper Dagbladet that it is not a given that the police will carry out such tests.

“Blood testing based only on suspicion of drug use is not in line with the Attorney General’s guidelines,” Fløystad wrote in an SMS to the newspaper.

It is known that twelve Brann players were at an after-party on Tuesday night at Brann Stadium. Alcohol was involved, and seven young women outside of the Brann troop’s cohort are said to have participated.

On Friday, the Western Police District announced that an investigation into a possible sexual assault had been initiated. Brann is cooperating with the police in the case, and the club is also taking some measures.

“We want to limit how long the players have access to the stadium in the evening and make changes to the alarm code,” Johannesen said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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