A Swedish footballer has been sent off for farting.
Adam Lindin Ljungqvist was shown a second yellow card when he broke wind whilst playing for Pershagen SK in the bottom tier of Swedish football.
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The referee branded Ljungqvist’s behaviour as “unsportsmanlike” and, therefore, showed him a second yellow card.
Understandably, the player in question was a little surprised when he was brandished a red card for ‘letting one go.’
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“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old told Länstidningen Södertälje.
“Then I received two yellow cards and then red. Yes, I was shocked, it’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced in football.
“I asked the referee, ‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?’ ‘No,’ he replied … I don’t get it but maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw the fart at him. But I did not.”
Kristoffer Linde, who was lining up for the opposition, admitted that he heard the fart from a good distance but couldn’t believe it when he was dismissed.
“I was standing a good distance away but I heard the fart loud and clear. It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen on a pitch, and I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old,” he said.
The referee claimed that he sent Ljungqvist off because he "perceived it as deliberate provocation. He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.”
However, the player responded with: “To provoke anyone with a fart is not particularly smart or normal. It’s nonsense – I just broke wind and got a red card. I spoke to the referee afterwards, I was annoyed, but there were no bad words. I just said he was a buffoon.”
Since the event, though, Ljungqvist has become a bit of a celebrity. This story has gone viral and the player can’t believe that the whole world is talking about this bizarre story.
"The other team said they were going to call the media and tell them because it's really weird," he told BBC’s Newsbeat.
"I didn't think they were going to, but today, the story is everywhere. I don't get how a small fart can get so much attention!"
"Being on Facebook and scrolling down and seeing your own face on The Sport Bible, that's just crazy," he says.
There are always going to be a few people doubting the legitimacy of the story but he insists that it’s all true.
"Believe it or not, this happened," he says.
"Every time I pushed my body I had to fart a little bit. It was one of those days.
"I don't really care about farting - everyone does it, it's a normal thing. But there's always going to be someone who doesn't like it."
Well, there you go. Next time you’re lining up for your football team, make sure the referee doesn’t hear you fart.
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