In rather bizarre circumstances, a Swedish footballer was given his marching orders for farting during a match.
Left-back Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was representing Järna SK’s reserve team, was shown a second yellow card for breaking wind during his side’s match against Pershagen SK.
Ljungkvist admitted that he had been dealing with a bad stomach during the match, but saw no reason for the referee to show him a red card after he broke wind.
“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” he told Länstidningen Södertälje. “Then I received two yellow cards and then red. Yes, I was shocked, it’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced in football.
“I asked the referee, ‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?’ ‘No,’ he replied … I don’t get it but maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw the fart at him. But I did not.”
He later told Aftonbladet: “To provoke anyone with a fart is not particularly smart or normal. It’s nonsense – I just broke wind and got a red card. I spoke to the referee afterwards, I was annoyed, but there were no bad words. I just said he was a buffoon.”
Referee Dany Kako defended his decision to send Ljungkvist off as he felt that his fart was deliberate and unnecessary.
“I perceived it as deliberate provocation,” he said. “He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.
“Once there was a player who stood and peed next to the pitch. I showed him a yellow card, too.”
Opponent Pershagen SK striker Kristoffer Linde admitted that the incident was the most unusual thing he had witnessed in his career.
“I was standing a good distance away but I heard the fart loud and clear,” he told Länstidningen Södertälje. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen on a pitch, and I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old.”