Wigan's attempt at kick-off vs Oxford was one of the most bizarre ever seen

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Kick-offs in football aren't often known for being bizarre.

The concept of the whole thing may have changed back in 2016 when it was decided that teams only needed one player to take it rather than two.

In fact, they could now simply pass it backwards rather than trying to take it that little inch forward.

Nevertheless, even the new rule changes couldn't stop Wigan Athletic attempting the most bizarre kick-off you will ever see vs Oxford United on Tuesday evening.

Well, we doubt any rule change could have prevented this, only common sense.

Paul Cook and his Latics side came out for the second half and Oxford were taking their time warming up. There was actually a delay of around three minutes.

The away side actually appeared to be ignoring the referee's calls to restart the game, so Wigan took matters into their own hands.


Just fantastic.

Fortunately for Oxford, the referee called a halt to the unopposed attack to have a word with the captain, allowing the visitors to get back into position.

However, we think they should have been made to pay for their negligent attitude.


The Latics were able to put the kick-off nonsense behind them, winning 1-0 to take them top of the League One table.

Will Grigg scored yet again, taking him to 25 for the season in all competitions, with Cook's side now close to a return to the Championship.

The Northern Irishman was one of four Latics players included in League One's Team of the Year, with Nathan Byrne, Dan Burn and Nick Powell joining him.

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