Football team sub off 17-year-old keeper just 20 SECONDS into match thanks to ‘ridiculous’ rule


A TEAM in Slovenia subbed off their teenage goalkeeper just 20 seconds into a match due to a bizarre rule.

The incident occurred during Sunday’s top flight clash between NK Rogaska and Olimpija Ljubljana.

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Bottom of the table Rogaska started 17-year-old Zan Lorber in goal, with the youngster making his senior debut.

However, the visitors almost immediately kicked the ball out of play in order to make a substitution.

Just 20 seconds into the match, Lorber was replaced by recent loan signing Adjin Mulalic.

The decision was due to a bizarre league rule in Slovenia which has been in place since 2022.

Top flight clubs must include a player eligible for the country’s under-21 side in their starting line-up.

Teams are also required to name eight home-grown players in their squad.

Despite not starting any players over the age of 27, Lorber had to start for Rogaska to comply with the regulations.

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Fans were confused by the rule on social media, with one branding it “ridiculous”.


Another added: “What sort of rule is that?!”

A third supporter also wrote: “Feel sorry for him.”

Meanwhile, one more commented: “This is ridiculous.”

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Rogaska had raced into a 2-0 first half lead against second placed Olimpija after the early substitution.

They were pegged back late on, though, with a 92nd minute equaliser forcing them to settle for a point.

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