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5 Strangest Football Matches of All Time

  • 5 of the weirdest football matches ever played.
Varis Sharma
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Modified 05 Jan 2019, 10:15 IST

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis being escorted off the field
PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis being escorted off the field

The beautiful game has never failed to surprise the spectators and at times there have been moments on the football field that are etched in history. The 90-minute long games are usually filled with excitement and surprises; however, at times the spectators witness controversies and petty spats on the field which take football related fanaticism to a whole new level.

Some football matches have turned out to be so strange that they have witnessed new rules being implemented, the intervention of authorities and World records being set. These football matches have at times given the beautiful game a hilarious twist or in some severe cases disgraced it.

We shall now take a look at five of the strangest football matches ever played and how their occurrence has shaped the game we all love to watch today.

#5 PAOK FC vs AEK FC (2018)

Every football fan has at least once in his life went berserk over a referee's decision taken against his team; however, the Russian owner of PAOK FC, Ivan Savvidis went a step further as he entered the field with a handgun in a holster when the referee disallowed PAOK's 89th minute goal against AEK Athens.

The game was initially halted and the authorities had to arrive on the field to take the infuriated PAOK owner away from the referee. AEK's players left the field as they were concerned about their safety and hours later the match was abandoned.

The Superleague Greece was suspended by the Greek government on 12th March 2018, a day after the incident took place for an indefinite amount of time. The suspension was removed on 27th March 2018 with PAOK being deducted 3 points and AEK being awarded 3 points for the incident.

Savvidis was apologetic for his behavior and violent outburst as he said in a statement released on PAOK's website a few days after the incident.

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