Plenty of unsportsmanlike conduct can get players a red card in soccer — headbutting an opponent. Assaulting the referee. Farting.
A Swedish footballer received two yellow cards followed by an unexpected red card when he broke wind on the field. Apparently, the referee on the grounds at that time thought it was rather “unsportsmanlike” for defender Adam Lindin Ljungkvist to do such a thing during a match, and termed it as “deliberate provocation.”
Ljungkvist, who plays for Pershagens SK, was in a match against Järna SK’s reserve team when the referee, Dany Kako, signaled him with colored cards. The footballer was understandably perplexed about being punished for his gas, wondering what was so wrong about breaking wind on the field.
“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old told Länstidningen Södertälje.
“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.”
A striker from the opposite team claimed to have heard the nose “loud and clear” despite being at a considerable distance from Ljungkvist.
Ljungkvist was in the unenviable position of denying his gas was a deliberate provocation.
“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,” Ljungkvist told Aftonbladet.
It is indeed strange that Kako thought Ljungkvist farted on purpose. There's a lot of mental gymnastics involved to accuse someone of farting as a game strategy.
Regardless of the intention behind the toot, Kako must understand that sometimes you just gotta let it go. Better out than in.