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Keeper gets away with goalpost move

IFK Gothenburg’s goalkeeper Kim Christensen will not face punishment of a fine or ban, despite being caught on film attempting to shorten his goal before a league game.

Keeper gets away with goalpost move

The decision was announced on Friday by the Swedish Football Federation (SVFF).

“The referee did not note any fault and the incident would have merited a yellow card but not a red one,” SVFF disciplinary commission president Staffan Anderberg said in a statement.

”For that reason the disciplinary commission did not impose any subsequent sanction.”

In a match against Örebro in September, Kim Christensen, a Dane, was spotted kicking the moveable goalposts, an action that resulted in them moving several centimetres inwards.

The referee was alerted after 30 minutes of the match by Örebro players and Christensen, 30, admitted that it had not been the first time he had moved the goalposts in such a way.

“I saw a friendly goalkeeper doing it some years back and since then I’ve done it from time to time,” he said.

Following the announcement a relieved Christensen said the attention he has made him rethink his actions.

”I think it’s the right decision,” he told newspaper Dagens Nyheter. ”But it’s good that it’s been brought to light and I won’t do it again.”

Gothenburg are currently second in the Swedish Championship, three points behind Stockholm club AIK, with five games left this season.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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