'Betty Boop' and the 10 Strangest Missiles Thrown onto the Pitch
Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena was attempting to take a corner against Sochaux in a Ligue 1 tie on Saturday when he was interrupted by a blow-up Betty Boop doll. Plenty of things could have happened when Valbuena went over to take the kick, but the winger probably wasn't expecting that.
In honour of blow-up Betty's impromptu appearance, here are 10 of the strangest fan missiles to be thrown onto the field.
A 2010 Swiss Super League meeting between FC Luzern and FC Basel was moved from its original start time to accommodate a Roger Federer tennis match on TV. In protest, the travelling Basel fans threw hundreds of tennis balls onto the field.
The game had to be stopped for more than 30 minutes as stewards cleaned up.
In 1998, Hull supporters also threw tennis balls on the field in a protest against owner David Lloyd.
During a customary riot in a 2004 Copa Libertadores match between America and Sao Caetano, plenty of objects were thrown onto the field by America fans who were irate at their elimination from the competition.
During the fracas, one fan decided to vent his frustration by throwing a wheelbarrow at the police.
When Croatian side Hajduk Split's supporters were unhappy with their president, they took the kind of action that Homer Simpson could get on board with: They threw doughnuts on the field.
This wasn't an attempt to lose weight, but a gesture of distrust in the president, who owned a bakery in the city of Split.
Hopefully they didn't buy the doughnuts at the president's bakery, or they would have boosted his profits.
A Bottle of Whisky
In March 2006, a match between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla had to be postponed for 30 minutes when missiles were thrown onto the pitch, most notably a full bottle of whisky.
Five years later, Sevilla were fined when a fan at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium threw a bottle of whisky at Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Those folks in Seville really know how to waste whisky.
In the 1980s, Chelsea fans in the Shed End started singing a very crude and arbitrary song about celery during games.
This chant was often accompanied with a tradition of throwing big sticks of the vegetable at opposing players when they went to take corners.
Before a 2001 Serie A clash between Internazionale and Atalanta, Inter ultras somehow managed to smuggle a scooter into the top tier of the San Siro.
The vehicle, which had been stolen from an Atalanta fan, was then launched into the seats below, narrowly missing some unsuspecting fans.
The scooter didn't actually make it to the pitch, but one may assume this was the intention of a thoroughly idiotic act.
An Orange Rabbit
In Cyprus, Apoel are referred to by archrivals and co-stadium tenants AC Omonia as the "orange rabbits," due to the colour of jacket that their ultras traditionally wear.
During one derby match, an Omonia fan tried to provoke Apoel's loyal contingent by invading the pitch with a rabbit sprayed orange.
A Pool Ball
When Everton headed to SK Brann for a 2008 UEFA Cup tie, they were made to feel slightly unwelcomed by the Norwegian hosts.
At one point, a pool ball was thrown onto the pitch by Brann fans, which Phil Neville picked up and handed to the referee.
Everton won the match 2-0, with fans risking a pelting from the rest of the pool ball set when they invaded the pitch at full time.
In May 2013, Argentinos Juniors were losing 3-1 at home to Argentinean rivals Belgrano when a fan took some toothless action—quite literally! A set of dentures was thrown at manager Ricardo Caruso in protest of the club's poor form.
The gesture was captured by TV cameras, but Caruso managed to keep his job for another seven months.
A Pig's Head
The 2002 Clasico at the Nou Camp was Luis Figo's first visit to Barcelona since switching allegiances to Real Madrid. The Portuguese star received an exceptionally hostile reception from the fans, who showered him with missiles and debris whenever he approached the touchline.
Carles Puyol had to plead with supporters to stop throwing bottles and debris, and at one point Los Blancos left the field for 13 minutes to try to help the crowd calm down.
The hatred toward Figo was epitomised when a Blaugrana fan threw a pig's head at the traitorous star. Like most things on this list, it's a mystery how it was smuggled into the stadium, but it became the most iconic missile ever thrown.