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IFK Goteborg director quits after tax fraud allegations

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - A director of Swedish club IFK Goteborg has quit amid allegations of tax evasion.

The club announced Mats Persson's departure Tuesday, two days after he left. A replacement was not immediately announced.

Persson was arrested in November for allegedly withholding taxes from wages paid to one of the club's players. He was released after questioning, but prosecutors are still investigating the case.

The allegations concern non-payment of taxes related to striker Stefan Selakovic, who was bought from Dutch side Heerenveen in January. Several other club officials have also been questioned by police.

Swedish tax authorities have ordered the club to pay nearly nine million kronor ($1.33 million Cdn) in back taxes for the Selakovic transfer, but the club has said it will appeal the decision.

Club chairman Bengt Halse said Persson's resignation was a mutual decision.

"Both IFK Goteborg and Mats Persson need to and want to move on and look forward," Halse said in a statement on the club's website.

IFK Goteborg is a record 17-time Swedish champion and won the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987.

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