But without Zlatan, who could the country rely on to produce some sort of crazy antics on the football pitch? None other than Adam Lindin Ljungqvist, a full-back for Pershagen SK.
Football is often the butt of jokes due to crowd hooliganism, Oscar-worthy theatrics and general pussyfooting, but this is just flat-out bizarre. Ljungqvist ripped ass during a match between his side and Järna SK’s reserve team, but his fart was so loud and, apparently, “unsportsmanlike,” that he was shown a second yellow and sent off.
Yep, the kid farted and got sent off.
“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.”
Järna SK striker Kristoffer Linde told the paper: “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.”
Referee Dany Kako confirmed that Ljungqvist was booked a second time for farting, explaining: “I perceived it as deliberate provocation. He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.”
Ljungkvist told Aftonbladet: “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.”
It turns out that this incident wasn’t Kako’s first rodeo with farting on the pitch. “Once there was a player who stood and peed next to the pitch. I showed him a yellow card, too.” he said.
If Ljungqvist actually managed to throw the fart at Kako then the kid should’ve received a medal. That’d be like a hadoken… but with a fart.