A Swedish man’s dream to change his name to the name of English premier league side, Tottenham Hotspur, has been shattered after authorities denied him his wish.
David Lind, 39, from Kumla wanted to change his name to that of the team ahead of its Champions League finals against eventual winners, Liverpool.
He was one of the three winners in a competition open to people who were considering changing their names to their favourite English team.
However, after all the application processes, Lind’s request was turned down and he is unhappy with the authorities, Skatteverket.
Lind says he will consider an appeal.
He said: “This is very sad. lt looks as if you can be called pretty much everything in Sweden but not Tottenham. It is not any more natural to be called Newcastle, Arsenal, Liverpool or Guiseley.”
“There are a lot of people with strange names in Sweden. There is even someone called Potato. Maybe someone at Skatteverket is an Arsenal fan?”
Skatteverket officials however said Lind could have been affected by the 2017 “much-stricter” laws.
“If someone is called Arsenal in Sweden they probably got that through before 2017,” Hajrudin Alijagic at Skatteverket was quoted as saying.
“In the law from 1982 you could be called pretty much anything and there are around 60 people in Sweden called ‘Bajen’ (the nickname for the Swedish club Hammarby).
“When we are faced with an application for a name we are not sure about we consult another institution and they ruled that Tottenham was not constructed in a way that was appropriate for a name in Sweden.”