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Eklund takes his leave

Published: Wednesday 29 October 2003, 19.05CET
News round-up: Helsingborgs IF's former Sweden striker, Hans Eklund, has decided to hang up his boots.

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Published: Wednesday 29 October 2003, 19.05CET

Eklund takes his leave

News round-up: Helsingborgs IF's former Sweden striker, Hans Eklund, has decided to hang up his boots.

Former Swedish international striker Hans Eklund has decided to hang up his boots.

Prolific goalscorer
The prolific goalscorer, who scored four goals for Helsingborgs IF last season, also featured for Östers IF and Danish side Viborg FF in an illustrious career. In all he scored 130 goals in 320 Allsvenskan matches - making him the 12th highest scorer in the history of the Swedish top flight.

'Fantastic career'
"I've had a fantastic career, and I've been lucky when it comes to injuries, but now the time has come to call it a day," he said. Eklund, who played seven times for his country in the mid-1990s, will stay at Helsingborg as a youth-team coach.

Hibernian staying put
Scottish Premier League club Hibernian FC have announced that they are to remain at their Easter Road ground. The Edinburgh team's directors, who are trying to tackle a €22m debt, had been considering a proposal to move to the Straiton district and share a stadium with rivals Heart of Midlothian FC.

Supporters needed
Hibernian made the decision after producing a new business plan. Chief executive Rod Petrie said: "We have consistently stated that staying at Easter Road is our preferred option - providing we can find a way to do that and break even. We believe the outline business plan can help us deliver that goal - but now we truly need supporters to rally behind their club and make it happen."

No appeal by Ajax captain
AFC Ajax captain Rafael van der Vaart has accepted the punishment handed to him by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) following his sending-off against PSV Eindhoven last weekend. Van der Vaart was dismissed for kicking PSV's John de Jong in an off-the-ball incident as his opponent lay on the ground.

Three-game ban
The 20-year-old will not contest the KNVB's decision to ban him for three league matches, starting with Saturday's home game against joint Eredivisie leaders AZ Alkmaar.

Last updated: 29/10/03 19.19CET

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