Light Fingers: Dortmund ‘Keeper Roman Burki Has Weird Pre-Match Ritual That Involves Pinching Balls (Video)

Chris Wright

29th, September 2017

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Generally speaking, you don’t have to look very far to find a professional footballer who is hopelessly enslaved to a pre-match superstition.

Some players flick light-switches, some don their kit in a strict order, some chant inside a hastily-scrawled hexagram, light candles and sacrifice newborn livestock to the satanic nether-lord.

Borussia Dortmund ‘keeper Roman Burki? He likes to steal the match-ball from underneath the referee’s nose, over and over and over…

All men must have a code.

It just so happens that Burki’s is bloody annoying.