It's pretty common for students at big-time collegiate games and unoriginal people who need a last-second Halloween costume to dress up like a blind referee. All you need is a striped shirt, black pants, a pair of dark sunglasses, and no shame. Do this at a party, and you might get a few chuckles. Try it at a UCLA vs. Arizona game, and you could get some players suspended, as this guy did in a roundabout way.
During a critical conference game, as the referees were arguing about a call shortly before halftime (with Arizona leading 42-7, so probably not all that critical, on second thought), a fake referee showed up on the field and started causing mayhem. It's possible that at least somebody believed that he was truly a referee ... up until this point, we mean:
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"This doubles as my 'Sexy Foot Locker Employee' costume this Halloween."
The man took off his clothes until he was caught by security. He managed to fool a few people, though, because prior to the call getting correctly ironed out, his presence had egged players who could probably snap him over their knees into fighting each other. The benches cleared like someone had offered free brownies at midfield.
They were arguing over whether the guy's butt was bootylicious or asstastic.
Two players were ejected for fighting, but if this was a UCLA fan trying to prevent any more carnage, it kind of worked. Arizona would only score six more points, but still won 48-12. Meanwhile, the two teams' officials decided to suspend 10 players ... or we think they were the officials. You never know. One of them might be our mystery ref, who's still biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to "reveal himself" once again.
European Soccer Fans Keep Shooting Fireworks At Goalies
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For some reason, fireworks are considered one of the ultimate ways to express your patriotism. And yet Americans only seem to remember their existence for one or two days a year. In some European countries, on the other hand, fireworks are apparently an everyday thing -- which is unfortunate for soccer goalies, who often find themselves on the receiving end.
The rarest of sports photos: a soccer player on the ground with real injuries.
Let's start with Russia. During a match between Zenit St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow in 2009, a fan of Zenit was seemingly inspired by the "thing go boom!" implications of the word "dynamo" and threw a firework at the opposing team's goalie, Antonin Shunin. The firework exploded at Shunin's feet, which blew him backwards, knocked him unconscious, and gave him severe burns. We can neither confirm nor deny that covert KGB operatives were waving tiny blue Zenit flags on the other side of the stadium.
Don't let us give you the impression that only Russian fans do this, though. This year, a different Russian goalkeeper was similarly fireworked during a match in Montenegro, causing consternation among his teammates ... when they noticed, a while later.
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"Oh, we thought it was just a meteor."
Meanwhile, in Romania, another goalie got hit by a firecracker in the same match during which a fan ran onto the pitch and punched a player in the head. The match had to be abandoned before it turned into a full-on Dragon Ball Z episode and a big chunk of the Earth was destroyed.
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