Swedish goalkeeper abused for converting

22nd Feb 2019

Elham Asaad Buaras

A young Swedish football player says she has been subjected to a torrent of Islamophobic threats and abuse since converting to Islam in May 2018.

Ronja Andersson, the goalkeeper of Sweden under-19 women national team, appeared on a Troll Hunter TV show on February 4. The person who sent Andersson the hate letters attended the TV show and apologised for sending her the hate letters.

On her story of becoming a Muslim on the show, Andersson, 19, said: “I had a Turkish boyfriend when I was 15, and I learned about Islam from his family. When I went to Turkey with his family, I was so much impressed by the mosques.”

She added that she tried to practise the duties of Islam together with the Turkish family and decided to become a Muslim.Stating that she had a peaceful life after becoming a Muslim. “I read the Holy Quran, I pray and fast. I am proud and happy to be a Muslim.”

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