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Crown coach in hospital after ‘serious’ crash

Phnom Penh Crown head coach Sam Schweingruber is in hospital after a motorcycle accident early on Tuesday morning.

The Swiss coach of the newly crowned Metfone C-League champions sustained “pretty serious injuries”, Crown press officer Andy Brouwer said.

“We understand from the doctors that they are not life-threatening. Schweingruber will be in hospital for at least a week,” he added.

According to unconfirmed local media reports, Schweingruber is being treated at Calmette Hospital along with a friend after the “serious” motorbike accident in Sras Chork Commune, in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

Schweingruber and his friend were believed to be under the influence of alcohol, the reports attributed to witnesses at the scene, and were travelling at speed at around 2:30am.

When trying to pass a car, Schweingruber lost control and crashed into another motorbike travelling in a different direction, it was reported.

He and his friend, a Cambodian woman, were sent to hospital, while the other party was only slightly injured and was able to walk home.

Brouwer said he could not comment on the reports from local media, but wanted to thank the many fans of Crown and Cambodian football who offered their warmest wishes and messages of support, and said that they would be passed on to Schweingruber.

Schweingruber was appointed the manager of Phnom Penh Crown in 2012 and during his reign he has steered the six-time Cambodia Premier League champions to the league title in 2014 and 2015.

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