Rioter at Israel-Sweden Tennis Match in Malmo Sent to Prison

Davis Cup match prompted riots, demonstrations during which nearly 100 people were arrested.

A Swedish court has convicted an 18-year-old man of rioting at an anti-Israel protest during a Davis Cup tennis match.

The Malmo district court sentenced the Swede to 15 months in prison.

Wednesday's verdict said he threw paving stones at police during a protest outside the arena where Sweden and Israel were playing behind closed doors. He was also found guilty of drug possession.

Police detained almost 100 people and arrested 10 during the March 7 riots.

The matches were played without spectators after Malmo city officials said they could not guarantee security at the venue because of outrage over Israel's offensive in Gaza.

The Davis Cup Committee fined the Swedish tennis federation $25,000 and banned Malmo from hosting Davis Cup matches for five years because of the decision.