A pig's head, a car door and a sex toy - the strangest things thrown on football pitches
Let's start with a caveat. You should never, ever as a spectator throw anything from the stands onto the pitch. As the saying goes, it is neither big, nor clever.
Having said that, there have been instances of objects being directed towards the field of play that are undoubtedly humorous merely for the creativity and downright bizarre nature of what has been thrown.
There have been many explanations for smuggling in foreign objects to launch from the stands, ranging from insults towards former players, through to fan protests and some reasons that we barely want to even imagine why.
Here, we take a look at some of the most notorious examples.
A PIG'S HEAD
Arguably the most famous instance of such an occurrence came in 2002 when Barcelona supporters lobbed a pig's head towards Luis Figo. The Portuguese superstar was public enemy number one after he left for Clasico rivals Real Madrid and was targeted in unusual fashion on his return to Camp Nou.
This one really takes the bacon. While, Figo was subjected to a physical pig's head, fans of Charlton Athletic and Coventry City combined to protest against their respective boards during a League One match in October 2016 by throwing hundreds of plastic pigs on the pitch, causing the match to be halted.
What's all this racket?! In 2016, Borussia Dortmund supporters, irked by rising ticket prices in the Bundesliga, served up a barrage of tennis balls during a DFB-Pokal quarter-final against Stuttgart.
This one really does beg the question, 'How on earth did that happen!?'. In 2001, Inter fans – very wrongly, we hasten to add – stole a moped from an Atalanta supporter, smuggled it inside the San Siro, tried to set it alight and then launched it from the top tier of the stadium. Technically this one never made the pitch, but allow us a bit of creative license.
More motor madness now, and a contest between Chile and New Zealand for a 2002 World Cup warm-up hit the brakes when a fan, for reasons known only to themselves, brought a car door on the pitch.
Liverpool endured a memorable 2001 season that brought domestic glory in the EFL and FA Cup, and a UEFA Cup success on the continent. But Gary McAllister remembers the final of the latter competition for something hurled towards the pitch. Upon closer inspection, and following a conversation with Robbie Fowler, it was found, indeed, to be a "huge sex toy"…
GAMES CONSOLE CONTROLLERS
We all enjoy a dabble on FIFA now and again, right? Well a few fans were shy of controllers following a contest between Young Boys and Basel in the Swiss Super League last month when they aimed pads towards the pitch to show disapproval towards the rise of eSports. Be honest, though, we've all launched a pad in anger before…
Passions often rise high in South America, and so it proved during a Copa Libertadores quarter-final between America and Sao Caetano in 2004 after the former had Cuauhtemoc Blanco dismissed. Later, the striker reappeared and among the coins and bottles thrown towards the pitch was, of all things, a wheelbarrow. Two questions spring to mind. How? And why?
Spare a thought for poor Steve Bruce. His Aston Villa team have flattered to deceive in the Championship this season, discord among supporters is growing and, before a ball had even been kicked in a 3-3 thriller against Preston, a disgruntled fan lobbed a cabbage towards the Villa boss. Fair to say tensions boiled over there.