Football: I was sexually harassed by three Swedish stars, claims ex-player

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A former Swedish women's international star claimed Sunday (Oct 22) that she was sexually harassed by three well-known male national team players which included being sent a series of lewd photographs.

Gunilla Axen, who was a European champion in 1984, told Aftonbladet newspaper that the three men were "very well known, respected and successful" when the alleged incidents occured in the first decade of the century.

Axen refused to name the players involved.

She claimed that she had received on three occasions "photos of a p****".

At the time of the incidents, Axen was working as head of development at the Swedish Football Association (SvFF).

"The president and the council (of the SvFF) have been informed, but they have remained silent," she said.

Contacted by Aftonbladet, the current president of the federation, who was not in office at the time, said he was "very shocked".

"Of course, we do not tolerate this type of behaviour. We need to know more and act as quickly as any form of attack is totally unacceptable", said SvFF spokesman Niklas Bodell .