The football world really can be a bit of a wild place.
Just when you thought you had seen it all, something else happens that just leaves you wondering what on earth is actually going on.
Well, we had yet another moment of baffling madness recently when a footballer had to be carried off the pitch after being hit in the face by a *checks notes* fish.
Leandro Fernandez, who plays for Argentinean side Independiente, was taking part in the club’s clash with bitter rivals Racing on July 10 when the incident occurred.
The clash between the pair truly lived up to its billing with eight yellow cards being shown over the course of the tie.
However, the game will always be remembered for the moment poor Fernandez was battered by the finned-flyer, flung expertly his way by a member of the opposing fans.
The footage, which you can see below, makes for quite astonishing viewing and it only gets worse as a stretcher was later brought out to aid the stricken star.
Check out the bonkers moment in the clip below:
What madness is this? Leandro Fernández of Independiente had a fish thrown at his face during the match against their local rivals Racing 😯😵. Who brings a fish to the stadium? https://t.co/82n0uFn7Lp— Bjørge Undheim (@supporterutstyr) July 18, 2022
The caption on the tweet does ask a good question. Who on earth brings a fish to a football game? While it is a shocking moment that has no place in football, you can’t help but admire the fan’s dead-eye aim to hit the target from the stands with his floppy projectile.
Fortunately, Fernandez was able to return to action a few moments later having been carried from the field play and complete the clash.
However, it ultimately proved to be quite the day to forget with Racing going on to to claim the points thanks to a solitary first-half goal from Gabriel Hauche.
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Independiente would have been desperate for a win to kickstart what has been a stuttering season for them thus far.
They are currently languishing in 22nd position in the Primera Divison having won just two of their opening eight games.
Racing, meanwhile, sit just two points off the top of the table.