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Hull City’s match with Birmingham City was delayed after it was discovered the goals were the improper size with a saw needed to chop them down by two inches. The Championship fixture was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm but an issue with the goal posts got here to light.

Kick-off needed to be delayed by 20 minutes as the issue was fixed.

Hull City released an announcement which read: “The match officials have informed the club that the goal posts should be readjusted and HawkEye recalibrated before the match can start.”

Sky Sports announced that the issue was that the goals were too big with footage shown of officials measuring the corners of the posts.

The goals were then taken down and laid onto the side of the pitch where a handsaw was needed to chop them to the fitting measurements.

It is the second time in only just a few days that a Championship fixture has seen a difficulty with the goalposts.

Wigan’s match against Cardiff last week was also affected by the bizarre scenario.

Cardiff caretaker boss Mark Hudson explained that two members of his coaching staff spotted the crossbar his side were defending in the primary half was two inches taller than the opposite.

FA rules state that crossbars have to be no higher than eight feet tall, however the match went ahead seemingly with different-sized goals.

Referee James Bell reportedly told Hudson that it could take “two hours” to sort the difficulty.

And the issue caused greater problems for hosts Wigan as Cardiff’s third goal went in off the underside of the taller crossbar.

Wigan boss Leam Richardson said: “It just summed our day up – if he’d had the free kick at the opposite end, it could have bounced off the crossbar and never into the goal.”

Each Hull and Birmingham are in need of a win to maneuver away from the drop zone within the Championship.

After beating Coventy back in August, Hull have gone on to lose six of their last seven within the league.

Birmingham have been in higher type of late and picked up a formidable 3-0 victory over Bristol City last week.

But Hull can leapfrog Birmingham to 18th within the table with a win on the MKM Stadium.

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