Sven was pictured at the wheel of a motorised raft near his home. The 56-year-old has been enjoying a break with family and loved-ones while the controversy surrounding his alleged affair continues back in Britain
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The Swede decided to break his silence after football authorites confirmed they may sack him. "I have at no time either categorically confirmed or denied any relationship with Ms Faria Alam," he said
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30 JULY 2004

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England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson has been enjoying a break from the pressures of his life in London. The 56-year-old was pictured taking the helm of a motorised raft with a group of his close family and friends in Sweden.

While the soccer coach was enjoying the picturesque scenery in his homecountry, the row over his alleged affair with a Football Association secretary continued to dominate the headlines in Britain.

Former model Faria Alam claims she had an affair with Sven and two other senior FA executives. The Swede's partner Nancy Dell'Olio left him after the reports first surfaced, provoking a frenzy of media attention. And although he normally doesn't respond to press reports about his personal affairs, the coach decided to break his silence after authorities said they might sack him.

"It is my policy never to comment on my private life," he said. "This policy has always been fully understood and accepted by my employers, the Football Association. However, I have been so distressed by recent inaccurate comment and speculation about my professional integrity that I feel I must now make the following statement:

"With regard to the Football Association's forthcoming inquiry announced on July 27 into 'the circumstances which led to the FA issuing legal statements based on misleading information', I wish to state unequivocally that in keeping with the above policy I have at no time either categorically confirmed or denied any relationship with Ms Faria Alam."

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