Ex-National Football Player Indicted in Sexual Offence Case

Former national team member Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Charges have been issued against former footballer Kolbeinn Sigþórsson for sexual offences against a young girl, RÚV reports. The alleged incident occurred two years ago. The girl’s mother is demanding ISK 3 million [$21,000/€20,000] in damages; Kolbeinn denies the charges.

Defence attorney declined to comment

In January, the District Attorney issued charges against footballer Kolbeinn Sigþórsson for sexual offences against a young girl, RÚV reports. The alleged offence is said to have occurred in late June two years ago, with the District Attorney stating in the indictment that Kolbeinn “utilised his superior position over the girl.” Kolbeinn denies the charges.

The case was filed in late January at the Reykjanes District Court. As noted by RÚV, the girl’s mother demands that Kolbeinn be ordered to pay her daughter ISK 3 million [$21,000/€20,000] in damages. Kolbeinn’s defence attorney declined to comment when approached.

The case was under investigation by the police before being forwarded to the district attorney’s office. As noted by RÚV, the DA’s office “does not issue charges unless it believes there is a substantial likelihood of conviction.”

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson has played with HK in Kópavogur; AZ Alkmaar and Ajax in the Netherlands; Nantes in France, before going on a brief loan to Galatasaray in 2016. After stints in Sweden with AIK and IFK Göteborg, he retired in 2021. Kolbeinn earned 64 caps for Iceland between 2010 and 2021, scoring 26 goals, and was part of the UEFA Euro 2016 squad.

As noted by RÚV, Kolbeinn was accused of assault against two women at a nightclub in 2017. They withdrew their complaint after he paid them a total of ISK 3 million [$21,000/€20,000] in out-of-court settlements and ISK 3 million [$21,000/€20,000] to Stígamót, a centre for survivors of sexual violence.

This article was updated at 8:53 AM.

Six National Team Players Accused of Violence and Sexual Assault

Former national team member Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Six members of Iceland’s men’s national football team have been accused of sexual assault. The board of the Football Association of Iceland received a confidential email from activist group Öfgar naming six members of the team and dates of their alleged violent and sexual offences, according to mbl.is sources. The national team coach was also accused of belittling the alleged victims in the wording of his statements to media.

Aron Einar Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, and Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson have all been named in Icelandic media in relation to violent or sexual offences. The other three players remain unnamed. The players will not play on the national team while the cases are being investigated.

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Sigurbjörg Sigurpálsdóttir, Sports and Youth Activities Communication Counselor is overseeing the investigation. Her position was created last spring under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture to address bullying and violence in sports and youth activities and to “contribute to a safe environment within sports and youth activities” as per the position’s official website.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a more accurate photo.