Swedish match rescheduled for player's reality show appearance

A team in the second tier of Swedish football is allowed to rearrange a fixture so that their star midfielder can continue to compete in TV singing contest Idol.

A team in the second tier of Swedish football has been allowed to rearrange a fixture so that their star player can continue to compete in TV singing contest Idol.

GIF Sundsvall's 24-year-old midfielder Kevin Walker is currently appearing on the show, broadcast on TV4.

Since the network also owns the rights to show matches from Sweden's Superettan, the team's televised match at Assyriska has been put back to October 20.

"I'm living a Bruce Wayne (the alter ego of Batman) life at the moment," Walker told news agency TT.

"I play football during the week, and then take part in Idol at the weekend. It's different for me than the other participants."

"There will be no clash with Idol," added TV4's head of sport Emil Osmanbergovic.

He added that it was possible for Walker to continue to combine the talent show with professional football "as long as the TV company owns the broadcast rights for both events".

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