Sweden hockey star calls Northug ‘bloody loser’

The Swedish hockey star Patrik Berglund has been filmed ridiculing Norwegian ski star Petter Northug as "a bloody mess", after his poor performance in the Olympic Games in Sochi.

Sweden hockey star calls Northug 'bloody loser'
Patrick Berglund playing for the US St Louis Blues team - Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia
"I'm just glad that … what's his name again? Petter Northug has gone straight into the wall," Berglund said in a conversation with Johan Tornberg, a hockey star turned commentator. "What a bloody loser! Being so cocky and then going right into the wall." 
According to Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper, the national hockey team threatened to blacklist Viasat after it broadcast the conversation, arguing that Berglund thought he was having a relaxed chat and did not know he was on camera.
The Swedish hockey team only agreed to cooperate with the channel once it apologised for what had happened. 
"Viasat has apologised to Berglund for what happened the other day,"  Tommy Boustedt, the team's coach, said. "And we have accepted the apology." 

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Norway ski star admits drug problems after cocaine bust

Following a speeding offence which led to a house search that found cocaine, former Norwegian cross-country ski star Petter Northug, said on Friday he had a "serious problem" with alcohol and drugs.

Norway ski star admits drug problems after cocaine bust
Petter Northug admits 'serious problems' at a press conference on Friday. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Police clocked Northug at 168 kilometres per hour (105mph) at the wheel of his Jaguar near Oslo on August 13.
Suspecting that he was driving under the influence – the tests have not yet been processed – police searched Northug's home and found the cocaine.   
“I have a serious problem with alcohol, drugs and medication in connection with, at times, big parties and there have been a lot of parties,” the 34-year-old told a press conference. 
Apologising “to all concerned”, he said he was “ready to accept the sentence”, after he is tried.
In 2014, Northug was jailed for 50 days, a sentence mostly served with an electronic bracelet, fined and banned from driving for five years, after crashing while driving under the influence.
On Friday, he said the alcohol and drug problems began after his retirement from sport in 2018. He said he has sought professional help.
Among the best cross-country skiers in history, Northug won four Olympic medals, all in 2010 and including two golds. He collected 13 World Championship golds between 2007 and 2015 and won three World Cup globes, including two as overall champion.