Swedish player causes stir with Pop Idol performance

October 8th, 2013

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Chances are you haven’t heard of Kevin Walker but he is causing a bit of a stir in his native Sweden. The 24-year-old midfielder has a day job with second division side GIF Sundsvall, but has dreams of playing on a bigger stage — as a pop star.

Walker is proving to be a smash hit on the Swedish version of Pop Idol, but his appearances have not gone down well with opposing teams. The reason? Channel TV4 owns the rights to both the program AND match broadcasts, and ordered GIF Sundsvall’s game against Assyriska to be moved to a Sunday so that it didn’t clash with Walker’s live performance the day before.

Niklas Klingberg, a midfielder with rival club Degerfors, branded the decision “ridiculous” and Robert Laul, a writer for Swedish sports paper Sportbladet, called the situation “unprecedented in Swedish football history.”

There’s no doubt Walker, whose dad used to play for English side Gillingham between 1977 and 1981, sings like a bird but he’d better watch out on the pitch for those unhappy with being messed around with. Listen to Walker’s audition and see if the decision was worth it:

H/T 101 Great Goals

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