We have all heard about Ripley's Believe it or Not. A tale of the weird and the wonderful from across the globe. From the likes of a cow with two heads to a man with the longest nails in the world, football too has its strange tales.
Whether it is a short or long tale, there have been a number of different bizarre stories down the years. Take for example former West Ham United player Marco Boogers who ended up living in a caravan. On the other hand, there are those stories which are so weird even reading them leaves many in disbelief.
There was the story of the Chilean under 21 national side who were fined for simply laughing. In the majority of cases, this would have literally been laughed off but the powers that be were extremely serious on this matter. Who knows if it was to do with an Englishman, Irishman and a Chilean, the FA sanctioned the players due to their comic misdemeanours.
Meanwhile, another odd story involved former Newcastle United player Clarence Acuna. The midfielder was pulled over after a Christmas party which took place back in 1999. Unfortunately for Acuna, he was pulled over for his erratic driving and cautioned by the police, whilst he was dressed in a ridiculous Captain Hook outfit. Fancy that!
Rewind back in time to 1894 and a quite bizarre game of soccer actually had three halves. A league match in England during the 19th century was contested between Derby County and Sunderland. The referee had to be replaced as he was late for the match and to add further insult to injury, after one half was played, the original referee turned up. Therefore, he requested the full 90 minutes of action where both teams endured all in all a grueling 135 minutes of play.
But what have been some of the other strangest football stories of all time?
10 Balotelli Bib
9 Franz Beckenbauer
8 Same Team Names
7 Sold for Sausages
6 Ten Minute Manager
5 Halfway Line Gamble
4 Salad Cream Gate
3 Taraabt Misses Bus
2 Sex on the Pitch
1 Ceiling Celebration
In the recent playoff match between Suffolk arch rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City, a grand gesture was received by one lucky fan. After Ipswich midfielder Paul Anderson had equalized in the first leg at Portman Road, Tractors fan Ross Morgan tweeted a picture of his ceiling. This was after he had punched it in celebration and made a resulting hole in it. However, after tweeting the image to Anderson, he was then kindly offered the money by the player in order pay for the damage.
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