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Bizarre things fans do in the stands

1. Fan urinates in keeper’s bottle

A football fan is facing a day in court after allegedly urinating into the Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies’s water bottle and throwing it back on to the pitch.

The Middlesbrough supporter could now be facing a ban from watching his team, following the incident during Boro’s 3-0 win at Loftus Road last month. Video shared on social media showed a man throw a bottle on to the pitch behind the QPR goal and fans have already indicated the container may have been taken earlier by a pitch invader.

2. On a knife-edge

What do you do when your favourite team is losing at home and you happen to be at the stadium? Most people would probably jeer at the players for few seconds then go buy a beer. Not soccer fans.

They run on to the field armed with a knife and assault an opposing player. That’s what went down in August 2009, when a Bolivian fan went for Uruguay’s Henry Gimenez after Uruguay took a 1-0 lead. Thankfully, Gimenez was unhurt and referee Victor Carrillo called off the match.

3. ‘Shoe’ call

One Bayern Munich fan went viral a few weeks ago after being snapped making a phone-call during the game away to Bayer Leverkusen with a shoe. In the image, the fan was standing with an Adidas trainer held up to his ear… mimicking a phone-call.

The incident occurred as Bayern Munich captain Thomas Muller made his way to the touchline for a throw-in early in the second-half. The fan, wearing glasses and a red and white scarf, is seen making the bizarre call in the stands behind him.

4. ‘Peak Arsenal’

In December, two Arsenal fans were ridiculed for their antics at the Emirates, during the 3-3 thriller against Liverpool. As TV cameras panned the crowd ahead of the massive clash against the Reds, they zooned in on two separate fans with bizarre items.

One was munching from a big bag of carrots, while another was looking at what was presumably some Christmas shopping… a decorative plate covered in bubble wrap. On Twitter user quipped: “Arsenal fans, seen some sleeping, one boy eating a bag of carrots, and one wrapping a china plate into a bag.”

5. A brush with fame

One Chelsea fan hit the headlines in 2009, after he was caught brushing his teeth during the game at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were locked in the clash with Premier League rivals Manchester United when the supporter felt the urge to scrub his gums.

Chelsea went on to win 1-0 thanks to a late John Terry goal, but people all over the country were left utterly perplexed. Radio presenter Spoony quipped: “So you’re in the football stadium, you’ve had your pie, you brush your teeth. I mean where do you rinse… or gargle?”

6. Bum deal

Earlier this season, a Sunderland supporter was kicked out of the Stadium of Light after allegedly taking a poo in the stands. An image doing the rounds online showed a man sitting on his seat with his trousers down to his ankles as those around look in complete disbelief. The young fan later looked to clear his name saying he did not poo, but was just absolutely trollied after “necking 12 beers and six ciders” having “only eaten two advent calendar chocolates”.

7. Puzzling

Another baffling fan snap from this season, another incident at the Emirates, as one fan opted to work on his Sudoku skills rather than watch Arsenal’s draw with Red Star Belgrade. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners played out a tedious 0-0 draw with the Serbian minnows in front of a depleted Emirates crowd.

And one fan appeared to be particularly bored for the Europa League clash as he cracked open his newspaper to play a little Sudoku. Visibly unimpressed with Wenger’s decision to play kids and reserves, the Gooner looked deep in thought as he perused his paper rather than keep his eyes on the pitch.

8. Outfoxed

It was Leicester City’s incredible, unbelievable Premier League title-winning party against Everton. Claudio Ranieri’s “Fearless Foxes” were all set to celebrate the most astounding of top-flight titles and it was too much for one fan.

One Leicester supporter was seen sound asleep as the game drew to a close, as another fan had a quick word in his ear and gave him a peck on the forehand. Despite that, he continued to enjoy his nap at the King Power Stadium, missing all the history being made in the process.

9. Scooter in the stands

Earlier this season, eagle-eyed viewers spotted what appeared to be a scooter smuggled into the stands during Crotone’s Serie A clash with Genoa. While play was stopped for a free-kick on 72 minutes, the camera catches the handlebars and top of a scooter in the disabled section of the stands.

Many will remember a similar, if not far more brutal incident, in Italian football. Back in 2001, Inter Milan fans stole a scooter from Atalanta supporters during a visit to Bergamo, somehow able to get it through rigorous security checks and up to the top tier.

10. His hands are tied

In terms of protests, soccer fan John Foley certainly thought of an elaborate way to stage his own when the 46-year-old Brit was trying to get the attention of European airline Ryanair.

Saying that the company had been treating his daughter unfairly after they refused to give her a job, Foley tied himself to a goalpost in Goodison Park during Everton’s home match against Manchester City in 2012. The match had to be delayed because of his actions.

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