Football is an uncanny sport, many things happen unexpected in the beautiful game, from the dark horses surprising the bigger teams of the game to physics-defying goals to last minute equalizers and winners, including matches that are delayed, or called off for the most absurd reasons possible.
With only a week to go for the 2017-18 season, FollowYourSport takes a look at the most bizarre reasons that led to delay, or the cancellation of a fixture overall:
A football match was delayed by seven minutes as a dog finally managed to break free from the stands and successfully ran past every player who tried to grab it on the pitch. Players, stewards and officials tried their best to get a hold of the creature, who stopped play in the 25thminute as Halesowen Town played Skelmersdale United.
Only in Wales: In a match that was being played between Llanberis and Llandudno Junction, play was halted midway as two sheep appeared on the pitch and raced across.
— Wales Away Days (@WalesAwayDays) April 8, 2017
Weekend League games in Argentina were postponed amid a players’ strike over delayed payment of salaries. The Players’ Association told the AFA that the clubs were undergoing financial crisis since they hadn’t been paid for 5 months. The situation worsened to the point where the government of Mauricio Macri had to step in; he made a $22 million payment to the AFA to resolve the issue.
Charlton’s match against Coventry City was delayed as supporters of BOTH clubs started to litter the pitch with plastic pigs, as a part of a protest against their respective owners. A match delayed by plastic pigs, did you ever hear about that before?
Charlton and Coventry fans throw hundreds of plastic pigs on the pitch in a joint protest against their owners pic.twitter.com/8dEGxudXCM
— Sujan Rao (@sujanrao) October 17, 2016
A match that wasn’t delayed, but played under the condition where there was NO home support whatsoever, when Legia Warsaw played Real Madrid in the Champions League. The Polish fans served a one match ban on grounds of crowd disturbances, racist behavior and four other cases in their previous home game against Borussia Dortmund.
A non league football game involving Maidenhead United and Allied Counties was delayed as one of the match officials was forced to move his car. Non league games involve bizarre incidents regularly, don’t they?
QPR vs Leicester was delayed for 5 minutes after a squirrel invaded the pitch. The helpless officials and players looked on as the tiny creature showed no signs of leaving, until Leicester man David Nugent chased it away.
— Tony Burke (@TonyBurke1) December 22, 2013
Liverpool’s match against Tottenham in Anfield was also interrupted due to another 4-legged creature – this time a cat, who later grew famous under the name “The Anfield Cat” and had over 60,000 Twitter followers!
Throwback to when a cat ran on the pitch during Liverpool vs Tottenham, 2012. pic.twitter.com/ef4CKoIH4N
— Footy Throwbacks (@FootyThrowbacks) November 16, 2016
Blackburn Rovers supporters resorted to the most rhetorical way to express their dissent against their club owners – Venky’s, an Indian poultry farm, after they released a chicken onto the pitch in protest.
In the Swiss League, a match between FC Thun and Zurich was interrupted due to a furrypine maren-a weasel like creature who dashed onto the field. It avoided capture for over five minutes, until it was caught by a Zurich player, who ended up being bitten by the animal. Animal bite between a football game.
Cover Image Credits : The Gurdian