7 Ridiculous Times Football Games Have Been Interrupted – From Drones To Runaway Dogs


With the so-called Covid cancellation culture underway, games are being canceled here, there and everywhere.

For some it is of course annoying to see the progress of the season interrupted, but spare a thought for those who were already at the games when the game was interrupted.

Luckily, these are the ones that were then restarted soon after, making for a humorous anecdote for those on the ground.

Taking inspiration from the ‘unofficial drone’ that caused momentary havoc at Brentford’s Community Stadium on Saturday, the Star Daily Sport take a look at some of the times matches were interrupted for the most ridiculous reasons.


The flyer inconvenienced spectators for an entire game so he could see a bird’s eye view of Brentford from his mum’s basement

It makes sense to start this one because you just read about it.

Indeed, a drone flew over the pitch during Brentford’s 2-1 loss to Wolves on Saturday.

The ‘unofficial’ drone, which prompted referee Peter Bankes to order players off the pitch and stop play for almost 20 minutes, was tracked by a helicopter, which ensured it stayed away.

Barclays does its best to give us new precedents every year.


Ukraine's Deaf Olympics football game came to a halt as dogs swarmed the pitch - then a horse walks towards a dugout minutes later (
The image is taken from another example of dog invasion, but you get the point

Do you remember any other notable times when the game was temporarily interrupted? Tell us in the comments section.

Last September, during a match between Slodoba and Posusje in Tuzla, a small black dog ran across the field.

Much to the annoyance of the referee who had to stop the proceedings, the creature proceeded to nutmeg a player and tried to take the ball with him.

Of course, the natural thing to do would be to try and pick the ball up, but one player opted to throw the ball out of bounds instead.

The dog, thinking it was a game, grabbed the ball again.

It took a player securing the ball under his foot and the officials coming in and grabbing the pup for play to continue again.


Fox in the field
The fox hung around but eventually stole the chicken coop

A pesky fox decided to cause some consternation during an Estonian League 2 U-21 game in October last year.

The trickster actually forced the game to a halt three times, all of them falling in the final ten minutes of the game.

The decision to assign a man the task of warding off the stick-wielding fox didn’t even work as she appeared for a final encore just before the final whistle.


Kangaroo stops football
Such a kick

In 2018 in Australia, a kangaroo wandered onto the pitch unaware that it was interrupting the clash between Capital Football Club and Belconnen United.

To make matters worse, the ‘roo decided it would be a good time to relax.

And so the marsupial had some relaxation in one of the boxes – where he stayed for about 30 minutes.

The soft shot didn’t work and so he finally left when a coach in a van kicked him off the ground.

Projector failure

WATFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Floodlights fail during the Premier League match between Watford and Norwich City at Vicarage Road on January 21, 2022 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Mike Dean was kind of the center of things, of course

Another gem from last week.

Looking back, Watford fans might have thanked the gremlins or whatever other source of disruption that caused the spotlight to go out as they watched their side lose 3-0 to relegation rivals Norwich City at Vicarage Road .

The Hornets were leading 1-0 when some lights went out.

Mike Dean stopped the game for ten minutes with most of the pitch still lit – much to the protest of the others – before speaking to managers Dean Smith and Claudio Ranieri and continuing to play.

Black cat

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 2: A black cat runs onto the pitch during the Premier League match between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on February 2, 2019 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
Apparently black cats are a bad omen – some say the stray cat remains hidden in Goodison Park to this day

In February 2019, a black cat wandered onto the pitch at Goodison Park, bringing an end to the match between Everton and Wolves.

It took a good five minutes before the feline was finally treated. d darting around the pitch for nearly five minutes as Blues officials attempted to stop the feline.

Cheers of ‘Sign it up’ rang out in Goodison Park as the chat gave Toffees fans joy in a 3-1 loss.

Wolves boss Nuno Santo, however, did not appreciate the interruption.

Nuno Espirito Santo, then Wolves boss, was not happy.

“Where I’m from in Portugal, the black cat is bad luck so I never want to see cats again,” he said.

“I don’t like black cats.”

Fair enough.

Roll of toilet paper

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sánchez remove toilet roll from the pitch thrown by RB Leipzig fans during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 19, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.  (Picture by Visionhaus)
RB Leipzig believed UEFA had committed a foul

Angry RB Leipzig fans protested high ticket prices to a Champions League draw at Tottenham in February 2020 by throwing a toilet roll on the pitch.

Play was halted for around 20 seconds when angry German fans threw the paper onto the pitch.

Tottenham trio Hugo Lloris, Davison Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld did well to lend a hand to the stewards clearing objects from the pitch.


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