Swedish top flight side AIK have suspended Liberia international Dulee Johnson indefinitely following a threat by key sponsors to pull out after the midfielder had been arrested on alleged rape case.
A Swedish prosecutor said on Thursday that the player is still in police custody.
According to Swedenâ€™s English newspaper The Local, the club’s main backer, the brewer Ã…bro, issued an ultimatum on Wednesday telling the club to suspend Johnson within 24 hours or lose its sponsorship. Other sponsors such as Peab endorsed the move.
The club immediately announced on their official website that the midfield prodigy, who has battled with strings of scandals during his stay with the club, has been shown his marching orders.
“AIK Football has suspended midfielder Dulee Johnson until further notice. We will return when there is more to report on the matter,” a statement on aikfotbol.se announced.
The 24-year-old has denied the allegations through his lawyer Mikael LindÃ©n. “People should regard him as innocent until proven otherwise,” LindÃ©n said.