Gylfi Sigurðsson Will Not Sue for Damages, Attorney Says

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Footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson has decided not to sue for damages against the British authorities in connection with a prolonged criminal investigation that was eventually dropped last April. This was revealed by attorney Róbert Spanó in a written response to an inquiry from Mbl.is.

No suit for damages, all things being equal

Icelandic footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson has chosen not to pursue legal action against British authorities after a 637-day investigation by the Manchester police into allegations of sexual offenses, Mbl.is reports.

“After careful consideration, Gylfi has decided to look ahead. All things being equal, he intends to refrain from claiming damages,” Róbert Spanó, Gylfi’s attorney, stated in a written response to an inquiry from Mbl.is.

As previously reported by IR, Gylfi was arrested in July 2021. He was released on bail shortly after his arrest but has not played a professional football match since then. The charges were dropped in April of this year after an investigation team collaborating with the Crown Prosecution Service concluded that the available evidence did “not reach the threshold set out on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

Mbl.is reports that Gylfi, who was under contract with the English Premier League team Everton, suffered considerable financial losses as a result of the investigation. “His football career has also suffered a considerable setback,” Mbl.is notes.

Attorney Róbert Spanó had previously told Mbl.is that Gylfi was considering a lawsuit. “In my opinion, it is clear that the handling of the case in the UK took far too long in light of the circumstances. It has caused significant damage to Gylfi and his family, as well as enormous harm. In the coming days, Gylfi will receive legal advice on whether there is a reason to seek justice in the British courts,” Róbert told Mbl.is in April.

Mbl.is notes that the English Premier League team Everton intends to seek compensation for the case and demands 10 million pounds or what amounts to about ISK 1.7 billion.

Gylfi Sigurðsson “Welcome to Train” at Old Stomping Ground

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Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is “welcome to train” at his old stomping ground at the football club FH, the club’s Head of Football Affairs told Fótbolti.net yesterday. Gylfi Þór arrived in Iceland last week, having been cleared of all charges following a nearly two-year detention in the UK.

“Always welcome”

Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, who was recently cleared of all charges in the UK after a nearly two-year detention in England, arrived in Iceland last week.

Gylfi was raised at the sports club FH in Hafnarfjörður (near Reykjavík), and in an interview with fotbolti.net, Davíð Þór Viðarsson, the Head of Football Affairs at FH, was asked about the possible return of Gylfi to his home club.

“We haven’t spoken to him or anything like that, but, of course, he’d always be welcome to train with us. It goes without saying that he’s one of the very best footballers in Iceland. If he wants to train in Iceland, he’s certainly welcome to come train with us. And I think he knows that,” Davíð Þór remarked.

As noted by fotbolti.net, Gylfi will celebrate his 34th birthday in September. He last played a professional football match with Everton in the spring of 2021, more than two years ago.

No Deadline for Decision on Whether Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson Will Be Prosecuted in UK

The Office of the Crown Prosecutor in the UK is currently reviewing evidence against Icelandic footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson and deciding whether it will pursue prosecution against the former Everton midfielder or drop the matter entirely, RÚV reports. Gylfi Þór has been accused of “multiple sexual offenses” and has been subject to a travel ban that has prevented him from leaving the UK since being arrested at his home in Manchester in July 2021.

Responding to an inquiry from RÚV, Nazia Dewji, a spokesperson for the Office of the Crown Prosecutor, said that there was no set deadline by which a decision on the matter must be made. Dewji said that the evidence from the police investigation had been received by the prosecutor at the end of January.

Gylfi Þór was released on bail shortly after his arrest, but has not played in a professional football match since then. He was taken off the active roster for the Premier League team Everton and his contract was not renewed when it ran out last summer. He has not played with the Icelandic Men’s National Team since then either.

In October 2022, Gylfi Þór’s father Sigurður Aðalsteinsson, gave an interview in which he called on the Icelandic government to come to his son’s assistance. The case had been dragged on for far longer than legally reasonable, he argued. “If someone is detained in some [other] country for some hypothetical offense, you can’t just let him languish there for a year, year and a half just endlessly waiting,” he said. At the time, the footballer’s family hoped to change Gylfi Þór’s legal domicile to Iceland so as to make it harder for the British judiciary to extend his travel ban. It was the first time that anyone close to Gylfi Þór had confirmed that any such travel ban existed.

Update April 14, 2023: Charges Dropped Against Footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson

Gylfi Scores Twice For Everton

Gylfi Sigurðsson more than made up for a missed second half penalty in Everton’s Saturday Premier League match at Goodison Park against Fulham, Vísir reports. The midfielder, who has played for Everton since 2017, hit the crossbar in his penalty shot but then scored two goals.

The match was scoreless at half time. Gylfi scored in the 56th minute, and his teammate, substitute Cenk Tosun, followed with another goal ten minutes later. Gylfi’s second goal came right at the end of regulation time, in the 89th minute.

This is the first time that Everton has won at Goodison Park, having lost there 23 times—the last 22 in a row—and drawing in their four other matches there. Everton is currently ranked 11th in the Premier League, Fulham in 16th.