DOGS are playing havoc on pitches around the world these days and yet again a hound has jumped at the opportunity to play ball – albeit a ball being used during a football match.
Hilariously, a boisterous mutt entered the field of play during an Argentinian game and took out a player in his bid to get the ball, only to return during the latter end of the match and upstage the footballers.
The third-tier fixture was disrupted as the hound entered the field and attempted to chase the ball in what he perceived to be a game of fetch.
The Argentinian’s passing wasn’t quick enough to out-wit the light-coloured dog, as it tracked down the ball and managed to take out a Marcos Sanchez from behind.
Unlike a player, the dog was not sanctioned for the ‘violent’ foul but was removed instead.
Sanchez’s team Central Córdoba recovered from the incident and went on to beat Sportivo Las Parejas 1-0.
The midfielder attempted to carry the dog off the pitch and was reprieved of duties by a steward who struggled to contain it as it was carried off.
Not content with the foul, the dog returned in the dying minutes of the fixture and rolled on the floor next to Sportivo Las Parejas’s keeper wanting its belly to be rubbed.
This time the ref saw red and banished the dog.
It remained in the stands for the rest of the Federal Tournament A fixture.
Another South American game was disrupted recently when a police dog ran onto the pitch to retrieve the ball.
The heavily armed police trainer had to run on in pursuit of the dog, only for the match ball to be punctured by the mutt’s gnashers during his 40 second appearance.