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When it comes to idiots at football matches, it’s open season to go about chucking different items on the pitch.
Luckily today, supporters are more restrained and don’t usually go throwing things at players as much as they used to.
However, when they do decide to launch projectiles, objects have ranged from the cynical to the downright bizarre.
Here we take a look at some of the weirdest things to be thrown at players during game-time, items that will sometimes make you think, ‘how an earth did they get that in?’.
Presumably having taken some inspiration from the Godfather boxset, Barcelona fans thought a good way of getting their anger across to Luis Figo was to throw pig heads at the player.
During an El Clásico match in 2002, fans threw severed heads of swine while he was taking a corner at Camp Nou. The Portuguese winger left Barca for Real Madrid in 2000 for a then world-record transfer [£52million] – clearly not a popular move for the Catalans.
Can you remember any more incidents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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A scalpel was recently chucked at a Colombian player during Millonarios’ encounter with Atletico Nacional.
The small blade luckily just hit Daniel Ruiz’s hand but it was a shocking incident nevertheless.
In the Germain third division, Hansa Rostock fans decided the best way to get the point across would be to sling dead fish at Carl Zeiss Jena supporters.
The throwing was accompanied by the inventive chant: “We brought something for you: fish, fish, fish’. Very catchy.
“Nobody got hurt, and that surely wasn’t the intention after all,” the club wrote on the Liga3 Online website. “Let’s not get carried away even though throwing dead animals isn’t all that tasty.”
“To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head or whatever. And it was from day one.”
OK, this one isn't really a playing footballer.
But Steve Bruce never truly felt welcome at Newcastle – and similarly, life at Aston Villa in the Championship wasn’t too great either. In 2018, one Villa supporter in a bountiful supply of groceries decided to show his disapproval by throwing a cabbage at the boss before their 3-3 draw with Preston North End.
In Liverpool’s UEFA Cup victory over Alaves, Gary McAllister encountered a large-size dildo as he was taking a corner kick.
He told FourFourTwo: “I scored, had a hand in the winner and was given the man of the match award by one of my heroes, Johan Cruyff, but what I remember most about that night was the huge sex toy that landed on the pitch!
“I was taking a corner in the second half, Robbie Fowler was warming up next to me in front of our supporters, and suddenly there was a thud.
“Robbie and I both looked at it and I said: ‘Is that a…?’ ‘Yes, Gary,’ Robbie said. ‘That is a sex toy.’
“Nonchalantly, Robbie walked over to it, flicked it up with his right foot and volleyed it back into the crowd with his left.”
Superb precision from Fowler, there.
The plight of both Charlton Athletic and Coventry City under their respective owners in League football has been one of the saddest sights in recent years and a damning indictment of the way in which in the modern game football clubs can be run down.
So it was good to see both sets of fans rally together in the 2016-17 season, protesting by throwing plastic pigs onto the pitch.
Football has grown in many ways since the days of Figo playing at Real Madrid, hasn’t it?
In October 2009, Sunderland's Darren Bent had a shot heading straight towards Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. It seemed like an easy take. A standard save to make for the keeper. No one was expecting anything else.
But of course, this was the height of Barclays action, no normal days here. Suddenly a beach ball coasted onto the pitch, diverting the ball straight into the keeper’s net.
It was the only goal in as Sunderland won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Gareth Bale received a wave of abuse from Real Madrid fans who shouted 'f*** you!' as he left the training ground last week.
The former Spurs winger was exiting Valdebebas when he was met by a group who yelled abuse and even appeared to throw a pen at his car.
Bale glared at the perpetrator and then drove off. Presumably to the nearest 18-hole pitch.
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