A Swedish TV channel have denied they purposely ignored Victor Lindelof’s goal for Sweden against the Faroe Islands on Thursday night.
Lindelof scored in Sweden’s a 4-0 win over the Faroes and TV4 decided not to show the goal or mention the player in their highlights package of the game, reports Sport Witness.
Sportbladet then contacted TV4 and spoke to press officer Ludvig Ternstedt about the omission of Lindelof’s strike.
He said: “No no. It has absolutely nothing to do with the boycott. Sometimes the editors adjust the goals to be displayed, depending on the amount of time available.
“But I can guarantee that it has absolutely nothing to do with the boycott. In our highlights after the match and in sport’s evening broadcast yesterday we showed all the goals.”
There has been speculation surrounding the Manchester United man’s commitment to the national side.
That withdrawal was reported by TV4 to be the result of internal conflict with the national team, while the player himself quoting ‘personal reasons’.
There was talk he had declined the call-up out of protest at former forward John Guidetti’s absence.
He was heavily criticised by Swedish fans at the time and he even received death threats for pulling out of the squad.
Sweden coach Janne Andersson also stressed Lindelof’s withdrawal was a personal matter with his wife Maja Nilsson Lindelöf due to give birth to the couple’s first child.
“I can greatly deny that it would be that another player was not the squad,” Andersson said of Lindelof’s decision at a press conference on Monday. “The communication I have had with Lindelöf has been extremely clear so I am unaware.”