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Europa League 2020 Tottenham beat Shkendija, goals are too small


Tottenham demanded their goalposts were changed before their Europa League win over Shkendija … because they were too small.

The Spurs goalkeepers noticed the low crossbar during the warm-up in Macedonia and alerted coach Jose Mourinho, who in turn flagged the issue with officials.

Mourinho said: “Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeeper told me the goal was small.

“I went to see and it was small. The goalkeepers spend all their time in them so we know.

“I felt immediately something was wrong and we got the UEFA delegate to come in and it was 5cm too small. We asked for goals of the right dimensions.”

The Spurs boss then took to Instagram to share pictures of himself and Hugo Lloris reaching up to the bar.

He joked: “I thought I had grown but then I realised the goal was 5 centimetres lower.”

Rule 1.10 of Ifab’s Laws of the Game details the exact dimensions of full-size goals — with smaller versions permitted for smaller-sided and junior football.

It reads: “The distance between the inside of the posts is 7.32m and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 2.44m.

“The goalposts and the crossbar must be white and have the same width and depth, which must not exceed 12cm.”

Spurs ran out 3-1 winners over Shkendija with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane sparing their side’s blushes with second-half goals.

Erik Lamela had put the visitors in front after five minutes before Valmir Nafiu cancelled it out with a brilliant strike after the break.

But Son and Kane came to the rescue — continuing their rampant form from Sunday’s thrashing at Southampton.

Son put Tottenham back in front by lashing the ball in after it fell to him inside the box.

And Kane wrapped up the win by leaping high to head home.

This story first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Photo exposes laughable football fail



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