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Football team cries foul after council workers ‘put up their goalposts the wrong way round’

A football team cried foul after their goalposts were put up the wrong way round.

Players were amazed at seeing the goalposts facing away from the pitch just hours before kick-off of their new season at a park in Abernant in Rhondda Cynon Taf .

And it would have been impossible to score a goal because the posts holding the goalmouth nets were pointing into the penalty area instead of away.

Players from Gadlys Rovers
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Team manager Matthew Jones made the discovery when he went to inspect the pitch before the game for village team Gadlys Rovers, in Aberdare .

Matthew, 24, said: “I was amazed when I went to check the pitch and it was brilliant.

“But to the right hand side I could see there was something wrong with the goals. They were the wrong way round.

“I thought to myself: ‘What the hell is going on?’”.

Matthew was live streaming his pitch inspection to his players when he made the shocking discovery and his reaction was caught on video.

He stopped himself mid-sentence after noticing the error, and is seen laughing and saying: “Are you f****** serious?”

Matthew – whose club pay £500 a year to use the council-owned pitch – then turned the camera to the pitch, saying: “The grass, the pitch looks lovely up here.”


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He then addresses a player as he turns to camera to the wrong-facing goal, saying: “Kyle, have you started your apprenticeship with the council yet? Because the goals are the f***** wrong way round.

“How thick are the council? £500-a-year you’ve got to pay for this and they can’t even put the goals the right way round.”

The goalpost from another angle
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Matthew complained and said they had been turned around the right when he went back to the pitch at around 5.15pm.

Matthew, who is due to start a sports studies course at university, said: “There’s no way we could’ve played if it hadn’t been sorted out. The stanchions could have taken someone’s head off.

“I don’t think kids could have come and messed around with the posts. They’re really heavy.

“It is pretty obvious someone from the council made the mistake.”

Gladys Rovers’ good fortunes ended there as they lost 7-3 by Spite AFC from Merthyr Tydfil .

The amateur side play in the Aberdare Valley Football Leagues Premier Division, where they finished in fourth place last year.

A spokesman for Rhondda Cynon Taf council investigated but refused to comment.


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