Hull vs Birmingham delayed as nets get sawed smaller because they are wrong size

Remarkable scenes greeted fans at the MKM Stadium on Sunday as Hull's clash with Birmingham was delayed because the goalposts were too big.

After officials completed their pre-match checks ahead of the Championship fixture, they realised one of the goals was a couple of inches too high, forcing staff inside the stadium into drastic, unorthodox action.

They whipped out an electric saw (as you do) and started scything away at the frame – which according to FA rules should stand no higher than eight feet tall – to bring it down to size.

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The players were sent back to their dressing rooms as the emergency DIY got underway and didn't emerge for around half-an-hour with staff forced to recalibrate the stadium's goal line technology system too.

Checks were made following an incident earlier this month ahead of Wigan vs Cardiff at the DW Stadium when EFL officials noticed that the goalposts weren't the right size.

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With the goals appropriately sized, Birmingham eased past Hull 2-0 to climb to 12th in the Championship, leaving the struggling Tigers just a point above the relegation zone in 21st place.

Coincidentally, down the road in Leeds there was another delay to kick off, with United's clash against Arsenal pushed back by half-an-hour too following a power outage.

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