Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein says sorry over threats

NORWAY goalkeeper Rune Jarstein has apologised for aggressive behaviour against reporters questioning his performance in a World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

Jarstein walked out of a post-match interview with Norway’s TV2 on Tuesday night, throwing a headset in anger, after the reporter asked him if he was at fault for Slovenia’s goal in Norway’s 2-1 win. Jarstein also reportedly threatened to punch a photographer taking his picture as he left the Oslo hotel where the national team was staying.

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The goalkeeper apologised in a statement posted on the Norwegian Football Association’s website. “I didn’t want to be interviewed or have my picture taken and I expressed that clearly,” he said of the incident yesterday. “When I was photographed anyway I felt strongly provoked and made that clear. I regret that my comments were perceived as a real threat and I strongly apologise for my behaviour.”

He also expressed regret for abandoning the TV interview but said: “I felt the focus of the interview was wrong.”

Slovenia took the lead after scoring from a rebound when Jarstein failed to hold on to a free kick in Tuesday’s match.