Video footage has emerged of IFK Gothenburg goalkeeper Kim Christensen breaking the rules in spectacularly blatant fashion.
During a recent game against Orebro, Christensen kicked the base of the posts, which were resting on the artificial turf, shifting them closer together and reducing the width of the goal by several inches.
It is the kind of thing that would bring English football to its knees, but the Swedes are phlegmatic sorts, and this brazen act has hardly raised a murmur of disapproval.
After the game, referee Stefan Johansson said: "Had I seen him do it I would have warned him. I think so anyway, it is not easy to find that rule."
Dag Wikman of the Swedish FA took an altogether harder line, suggesting the appropriate punishment would be... a penalty.
Confronted with incontrovertible video evidence, the unruffled Christensen cheerfully admitted he had offended on several previous occasions.
He said: "I got the tip from a goalkeeping friend a few years ago, and since then I have done it from time to time."
Early Doors got in touch with Henric Larsson (no, not that one) of Eurosport's Stockholm office, who confirmed there is hardly a breath of hysteria.
"It became clear that it is only possible to lift the goal posts in four arenas in Allsvenskan (Swedish top flight), so he can't have done it in every game," Henric said.
"The players themselves don't seem that concerned and when we made a survey and phoned goalkeepers from all other clubs in Allsvenskan they didn't think it was such a big deal."
A decision will be made on October 1 whether to punish Christensen; ED suspects he will be invited to watch a short video on the subject of fair play.
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Is it ED, or are villains getting lazier?
Last night came news that Phil Jagielka had been burgled at knifepoint while watching Everton's Carling Cup game against Hull.
Jagielka is the 11th Merseyside-based player to suffer a break-in in recent years, but normally the criminals have the decency to wait until they are out.
In this case, either they did not realise Jagielka had been out injured since April, or they did not care.
Suffice it to say this would not have happened if Duncan Ferguson were still playing.
Ferguson twice confronted intruders during his career - on the first occasion he detained a burglar while police arrived; second time around, he duffed up an intruder who subsequently accused him of assault.
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QUOTE OF THE AFTERNOON: "Nani is an excellent player. There's a lot more to come from him and I'm sure that in a few years he will be among the best players in the world."
Not content with damaging Manchester United by taking his 40 goals a season elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to inflict further pain on his former employers by bigging up fancy-dan flop Nani.
QUOTE OF THE AFTERNOON 2: "We are certainly as hot as a deep-fat fryer." Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp ahead of the Ruhr derby against Schalke.