Vålerenga fans accused over missing head of statue outside Lillestrøm's ground | inside World Soccer

Lillestrøm fans are furious after discovering the statue of club legend Tom Lund outside their Åråsen Stadion had been decapitated by unknown vandals.

The head of the Tom Lund statue at the entrance to Åråsen Stadion is still missing
The head of the Tom Lund statue at the entrance to Åråsen Stadion is still missing

Photo: Lillestrøm SK

With Lillestrøm due to play local rivals Vålerenga in the Tippeligaen next Sunday, many suspected that the beheading was the handiwork of Vålerenga ultras.

"One does not have to be Sherlock Holmes to understand who has done this," said Kenneth Kvebæk, head of Lillestrøm's supporters group.

"It just adds to the ranks of low-brow behavior from the Vålerenga ultras. That they would sink so low, I had never imagined.

"Vålerenga celebrate their 100th anniversary this year. It's a hundred years of shame."

Meanwhile, a Norwegian newspaper has offered a reward for the safe return of the stolen head.

Magne Storedal, the editor of local newspaper Romerikes Blad, said in a statement: "We will provide 25,000 crowns ($4,100) as a reward to the person or people that ensure the head of Tom Lund returns to the club and the statue."

Lund, now 62, is considered by many as the finest player Norway ever produced.

The forward spent his entire career at Lillestrøm, scoring 193 goals in 336 games for the club during the 1970s and early 1980s while turning down lucrative offers to join Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the process.

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