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Leeds United's poor form forces journalist to quit his job

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Football and superstition go hand in hand. Whether it's getting the same train every game, or wearing the same lucky scarf after a famous win, many football fans have irrational pre-match traditions they believe will spur their team on to win.

One Leeds supporter has taken this to the extreme however, by quitting his job as he believes it's a hoodoo on the Yorkshire side's struggles this season.

Surprise resignation

Norwegian journalist Magnus Sveen has left his post as a sports reporter at TV2 after the White's 2-0 defeat to Derby to try and improve Leeds fortunes this season, and the root of his superstitions can be traced back to a now famous moment in Leeds folklore.

"I forgot to wear my jersey when Leeds met Wimbledon in '95 [when Tony Yeboah scored his infamous wonder-volley at Selhurst Park], since then I've never worn a Leeds jersey during the matches." Sveen explained.

"When I started working for TV2 in 2001, Leeds played in the semi-finals of the Champions League. 13 years later I hardly know the names of the players, but I know the owner is a mad Italian and that they'd had three managers this season.

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"Strikingly, the downfall from 2001 until today coincides with the time that I've worked for TV2, that's why I want to help Leeds United back to their former glory. This is my last news story, it has just brought them bad luck anyway."

"Strikingly, the downfall from 2001 until today coincides with the time that I've worked for TV2, that's why I want to help Leeds United back to their former glory. This is my last news story, it has just brought them bad luck anyway"

The Elland Road outfit currently lie in 20th in the Championship, just one point above the relegation zone, a long way off the pre-season aim of promotion to the Premier League.

If Leeds do manage a miraculous turn around this season they only have one man to thank. Sveen's final report for TV2 is available to watch here, complete with English subtitles.

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