Swedish PM slams Euro 2012 squad for playing ‘bare-bottom target’

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 17:06 PM IST

Krakow: Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt has slammed the national football team for conducting a bizarre bare-bottomed training session during the Euro 2012.

A YouTube video showed Swedish goalkeeper Johan Wiland on all fours, with his shorts lowered, as players fired off shots at his exposed behind.

“People who carry expectations should be aware of that and act accordingly. It`s important to reflect on how what one does in order to meet expectations,” Reinfeldt said.

Centre Party leader Annie Loof also described the game as ``tasteless``, adding, “They are really not being good role models.”

According to the report, the team was playing a game called ``the pig`` in which players volley the ball to each other.

As ``punishment`` for letting the ball drop, Wiland was made to get on his hands and knees for the humiliating naked ritual.

Sweden were defeated by Ukraine on Monday and must beat England in Kiev on Friday to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

However, instead of a rigorous practice session at their training ground, they were caught playing the oddball game popular in school playgrounds.

ANI