August 19, 2018 / 7:35 AM / a year ago

Soccer-Hungarian match kickoff delayed by wedding ring removal

Aug 19 (Reuters) - The kickoff of Friday’s Hungarian league match between Debrecen and MTK Budapest was delayed by seven minutes as the home side’s defender Erik Cikos was unable to remove his wedding ring.

All items of jewellery, including rings, necklaces and earrings are forbidden and must be removed before entering the field, according to soccer world governing body FIFA’s players’ equipment law.

TV footage showed Cikos struggling as the wedding ring remained stuck on his finger despite several attempts by the 30-year-old Slovakian right back and members of Debrecen’s staff to take it off.

After seven fruitless minutes, the match began with Cikos being replaced by Erik Kusnyir in Debrecen’s starting lineup.

The game ended 3-3 with Debrecen, who won the Hungarian title seven times between 2005 and 2014, reducing a two-goal deficit with two late strikes.

Debrecen are fourth in the standings with nine points from five matches, a point behind 23-times Hungarian champions MTK, who are third. (Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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