Andrew Nagbe, a gay footballer originally from Liberia, will be deported from Sweden because the government doesn't believe he's provided enough evidence of his sexuality, according to Towleroad.
22-year-old Nagbe was celebrating at Stockholm's Pride parade at the end of July when he was arrested by immigration. He is currently in a detention centre, awaiting deportation.
Interviewed by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter while in detention, Nagbe said that he wants “to play football and live as an openly gay man in Sweden" and fears what will happen to him when he's deported back to Liberia, where homosexuality is illegal.
“In prison I’ll be beaten and raped every day until I am released and leave the country again," he said. "Everyone I know in Liberia knows I am gay now, so they won’t hold back."
Swedish authorities are reported to have said that “Nagbe’s claims [that he is] gay and that he would have his safety compromised if he returns home are not verifiable,” according to Dagens Nyheter.
While the Swedish Migration Board conceded that "there is a danger of homosexuals in Liberia with the risk of harassment and more," they asserted that "there is no evidence that there are abuses that are sanctioned by the state".
"It is up to the applicant to come up with credible evidence", they concluded.
Unless Nagbe can provide new evidence, he will be deported on August 23.