An unusual occurrence has shaken up the Swedish footballing scene after last night's match between Örebro IK and IFK Göteborg in the Allsvenskan. Watch the above video and you'll see; this would never have happened with Nordic Sport goal frames as they are braced well with a system of stays. For the Swedish-challenged among you: after 20 minutes of the match, the referee noticed that the goal posts behind the IFK keeper, Kim Christensen, had been moved. At that time, all the ref could do was put the upright back in its correct position, check the other goal and then let the match continue. After all, the ref could not have seen who committed the offence or a penalty would have been awarded. The television pictures later revealed IFK's Danish goalkeeper kicking the post out of position before the match. The happy chappy shown at the end of the incident is Örebro keeper John Alvbåge when he had his goal "approved" by the referee.
Keeper Christensen has been reported to the Swedish FA for his actions but the hearing won't be until the 1st of October, so he'll be able to play in tomorrow's fixture. "I've not heard of anything like it", says Khenneth Tallinger Chairman of the Swedish FA's disciplinary committee to the Aftonbladet newspaper, "this is totally unique."
But how unique is it? Apparently, it's happened before. Again, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the trick was invented by ex Oxford United keeper Pål Lundin and that Örebro keeper Alvbåge himself had admitted he'd done it before. There are probably a number of keepers around that had a guilty look when they saw Christensen's prank.
That is unless they use Nordic Sport's football goals.
All the best.