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Soccer Player Kicked Out of Match for Farting

Ref calls it 'deliberate provocation'; player says he simply had a 'bad stomach'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2016 8:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – In what local media described as "bizarre circumstances," a Swedish soccer player ended up being ousted from a match Friday for the "unsportsmanlike behavior" of breaking wind, the Guardian reports. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, a 25-year-old player for Pershagens SK, tells a Swedish media outlet he had a "bad stomach" during the match against Jarna SK, so "I simply let go," prompting the ref to show him a yellow card, his second, followed up with red. "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."

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The ref, for his part, says he viewed the in-air infraction as a "deliberate provocation," though Ljungkvist doesn't know why anyone in his right mind would do such a thing on the field. "To provoke anyone with a fart is not particularly smart or normal," he tells a Swedish newspaper. "It's nonsense—I just broke wind and got a red card." His team lost 5-2, per Stuff, and a Facebook post in Swedish by his team shows they thought the whole thing was nonsense, too. Translated, it reads: "It was a crappy game, it was a crappy judgment, and that being said, we don't care what other people think about this!" (Farting was the cause of a recent bar brawl in Florida.)

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