Joost Klein, the Netherlands’ Eurovision contestant who was disqualified from the competitors simply hours earlier than the grand closing, will in all probability be charged with making unlawful threats, Swedish police have stated.

The 26-year-old favorite to win was expelled from the competitors in Malmö, unprecedented within the 68-year historical past of Eurovision, after a feminine member of the manufacturing crew made a criticism about an alleged “backstage incident” to Swedish police.

Police spokesperson Jimmy Modin advised the Guardian that their investigation was over and {that a} resolution on the costs ought to come “inside the subsequent couple of weeks”. He didn’t say what the character of the alleged threats have been.

“We anticipate there’ll in all probability be a prosecution,” Emil Andersson, the police officer accountable for the case, advised Swedish broadcaster SVT. He stated an “accelerated prosecution”, a course of that takes round six to eight weeks, shall be doubtless because the altercation didn’t contain a extra critical crime.

The Sydsvenska every day, a Malmö newspaper, stated that the crime of constructing threats normally results in fines upon conviction.

After Klein was expelled, Dutch broadcaster Avrotros stated it was “shocked” by the choice and stated that whereas Klein made a “threatening transfer” in direction of a feminine digicam operator, he had not touched her.

“Towards the clearly made settlement, Joost was filmed when he had simply gotten off stage and needed to rush to the inexperienced room. At that second, Joost repeatedly indicated that he didn’t wish to be filmed. This wasn’t revered,” Avrotros stated.

The broadcaster claimed it had supplied “a number of options” to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which runs Eurovision, however Klein was ejected anyway.

Avrotros, which has been representing Klein, declined to remark when approached by the Guardian.

Organisers wouldn’t give extra element of the alleged incident in the course of the competitors, however clarified that it “didn’t contain some other performer or delegation member” resulting from rumours it had concerned Israel’s delegation, amid tensions between contestants across the Israel-Gaza struggle.

When Israeli singer Eden Golan was advised she didn’t should reply a journalist’s query about whether or not her presence “posed a danger”, Klein interrupted to ask: “Why not?”, not lengthy earlier than he was disqualified.

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On Monday, the EBU issued an announcement amid criticism over how the famously apolitical music contest dealt with tensions across the Israel-Gaza struggle, saying that they “remorse” that some delegations “didn’t respect the spirit of the principles”.

“We spoke to a variety of delegations in the course of the occasion relating to numerous points that have been dropped at our consideration,” the EBU stated.

“The EBU’s governing our bodies will, along with the heads of delegations, assessment the occasions surrounding the [Eurovision song contest] in Malmö to maneuver ahead in a constructive manner and to make sure the values of the occasion are revered by everybody.”

The EBU confirmed a number of contestants and delegations had lodged complaints. Portugal’s nationwide broadcaster RTP has complained a few delay in posting their contestant Iolanda’s efficiency to YouTube after the ultimate, with the EBU saying the delay was resulting from Iolanda having her nails painted designs impressed by the keffiyeh – Palestinian scarves used to point out help for the nation.

Eire’s contestant, Bambie Thug, additionally confirmed they made a number of complaints within the run-up to the ultimate and accused Israeli broadcaster Kan of “inciting violence” in opposition to them throughout its protection of their efficiency.

Through the first semi-final, a Kan commentator stated Bambie Thug had “spoken negatively about Israel”, including: “However we will speak about that later. Put together your curses.”

This will likely have been a reference to a lyric about putting a hex on an ex in Bambie Thug’s music, however the performer stated they felt it crossed a line.

“The broadcaster [Kan] has disobeyed the principles and I hope subsequent yr [Israel] gained’t have the ability to compete due to that,” Bambie Thug advised reporters after the competition.

Some contestants described the ambiance behind the scenes this yr as “tense” and “horrible”, as hundreds protested exterior on the streets of Malmö calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

In a put up on Instagram after the grand closing, Golan wrote: “To say it was simple can be a lie. However together with your help and adore it gave me the power to proceed and placed on the very best efficiency I knew I can do.”

Lithuania’s entrant, Silvester Belt, who carried out after Golan on the grand closing, called it a “traumatic experience” on social media, writing: “Going after that nation, with the gang being so intense, was one of many worst issues I needed to undergo. I actually did the very best that I may on this scenario.”

Swiss singer Nemo, who gained the competition with their music The Code, stated in a press convention after that the expertise was “actually intense” and that they felt “perhaps Eurovision wants fixing slightly bit”.

The European Fee additionally criticised a call by the EBU to ban viewers members from waving the EU flag on the grand closing, calling it “utterly regrettable” and “mind-blowing”.

Related Press contributed to this report.



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