Brazil and Argentina only played eight minutes of their World Cup qualifying clash this weekend following the unexpected arrival of health officials which forced the game to end.
With four Premier League players then asked to leave the pitch following confusion over their documentation – Lionel Messi led his team out of the playing area before flying to Buenos Aires.
And while that failed match will go down in history as one of the strangest endings of a match, it’s paltry compared to some of the weirdest dropouts in the record books.
Daily Star Sport have now put together a top seven of the weirdest and most memorable first findings from the devices – including the presence of guns and scarings with unidentified flying objects.
At seven, it was confusion that forced the untimely end of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina this weekend – which was even criticized by the hosts.
After Anvisa’s health officials burst onto the pitch in an attempt to expel the Argentinian players, the game was eventually put on hold and the visitors returned home that same evening.
This was due to the quarantine rules that apply on arrival in Brazil from the UK – with confusion over documentation of stars from Tottenham and Aston Villa.
The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Monday: “With the match having already started, Anvisa could have carried out her activity much more appropriately in the different times and days before the match.”
6. Battle of Bramall Lane
Important enough to have his own Wikipedia page, the “Battle of Bramall Lane” took place between hosts Sheffield United and West Brom on the second tier on March 16, 2002.
After Blades goalkeeper Simon Tracey was sent off in the ninth minute for handling the ball outside his area, Scott Dobie gave up and he was then passed by Derek McInnes.
Neil Warnock then brought in Georges Santos and Patrick Suffo, and they were both sent off within minutes due to a dangerous two-footed tackle and a header respectively.
Dobie went on to make it 3-0 against the eight men, United players Michael Brown and Robert Ullathorne then suffered injuries which brought the away team down to six, which by the rules force abandonment.
It remains the only game in Football League history to be abandoned for lack of players.
5. The FA Cup brawl
An FA Cup draw had to be scrapped last month, even though it was only a few minutes left of the game.
During the final phase of a preliminary round clash between Mossley and Lower Breck at Mossley’s Seel Park, Premier League North Division Division One West advanced 2-0.
The action ended when clashes erupted between home fans and Lower Breck players behind one of the goals, with the incident being shared on social media.
Referee Steven Lennon paused before blowing his whistle to confirm the game was abandoned.
4. Left in the dark
While spotlight failure is not uncommon, even now only one team has faced such humiliation in their opener at a new top-flight stadium.
Derby County faced Wimbledon at Pride Park in August 1997 in the Premier League, but the clash lasted just 11 minutes in the second half.
After a bit of a wait, referee Uriah Rennie was forced to close the game with the hosts leading 2-1 in their second game of the campaign.
Club manager Peter Gadsby said: “We had 11 maintenance people, including six electricians, but no one has yet determined why the two generators failed. “
3.36 red cards
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The final moments of the match between Paraguayan teams Teniente Farina and Libertad in October 2012 really have to be seen to be believed.
After sending off a player on each side following a dismissal, referee Nestor Guillen lost control as the dismissed men refused to leave the field.
With the two teams getting involved and turning the incident into a brawl, the official and his colleagues decided that peace was not an option and quickly gave up the game.
In his match report, Guillen said he gave a red card to every player and staff from both teams, which came to a total of 36 dismissals.
Teniente Farina chairman Hernan Martinez said: “As soon as the fighting broke out, they went to the locker room. They walked through the tunnel to their locker room. They couldn’t see anything of what had happened. pass.”
2. The president’s weapon
PAOK Salonika President Ivan Savvidis has been given a three-year suspension after entering the pitch with a gun in his holster during a top-level match against AEK Athens in Greece.
He entered the playing area alongside plenty of supporters after Fernando Varela’s goal was ruled out for offside, and the game was quickly abandoned.
He said: “My sole objective was to protect tens of thousands of PAOK fans from provocations, riots and loss of life.
“Please believe that I had no intention of getting into a fight with our opponents or the referees. And I obviously didn’t threaten anyone.”
1. Unidentified flying objects
During Fiorentina vs Pistoiese in 1954, the game was temporarily suspended when unidentified flying objects were spotted in the sky over Florence.
Tens of thousands of fans gathered at the Stadio Artemi Franchi, and many remained pointed skyward instead of watching the action on the pitch.
One of the players on the pitch that day, Italy international Ardico Magnini, remembers it well.
“I remember everything from A to Z,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“It was something that looked like an egg moving slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and there was also glitter coming down from the sky, silver glitter.
“We were amazed that we had never seen anything like this before. We were absolutely shocked.”
Gigi Boni, who was in the crowd, said: “I clearly remember seeing this incredible spectacle.
“They were going really fast and then they stopped. It all lasted a few minutes. I would like to describe them as Cuban cigars.
“They just reminded me of Cuban cigars, by their appearance.”