Sporting play in football seems to happen less and less these days, which makes it all the more pleasing to hear how Nottingham Forest were given a ‘free goal’ in their replayed Carling Cup tie with Leicester City. The original second-round game between the two sides was abandoned with Forest leading 1-0 at half-time after City’s Clive Clarke suffered heart failure. Sportingly, City allowed Forest keeper Paul Smith to score straight from the kick-off to replicate the scoreline.

Leicester City chairman Milan Mandaric said: “This will not hurt football, I’m proud of the players and happy we did it.” He added: “The idea came from the whole club – we all like to win games but morality and fairness is also important. “It was a difficult situation, but it was the right thing to do.”

Leicester boss Gary Megson said: “I had a chat with Forest manager Colin Calderwood 20 minutes before the kick-off to explain what we had in mind but it was kept very quiet until just before the start.” Calderwood added: “Leicester felt it was the correct thing to do and I must admit it took us back a little bit to start with. But it was an honourable gesture and I would like to think that football in general has come out of the game as the winner. I think the crowd took it in the spirit it was intended.”

And even more funny – the Forest keeper now holds the record for the quickest goal scored in the Carling Cup!

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