Dirty Tackle

Sepahan FC midfielder tosses explosive from the pitch seconds before it goes off

Ryan Bailey
Dirty Tackle

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Wednesday night's AFC Champions League clash between Iranian side Sepahan and Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli produced no goals, but there was certainly some explosive action at the Foolad Shahr Stadium.

The quarterfinal first leg was temporarily interrupted when the referee ran to one of the sidelines to inspect debris thrown on the field by fans. As you can see from 1:05 in the video above, Sepahan midfielder Adel Kolahkaj picked up a small, black object and tossed it away from the pitch. Turns out that object was some kind of mini grenade or firecracker, which exploded upon landing, causing the referee and his assistant to run like they were Forrest Gump and the small explosion was a bunch of rock-throwing bullies.

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Corner flag never saw it coming (101gg.com)

Corner flag never saw it coming (101gg.com)

No one was hurt in the incident, and the game was allowed to continue once the referee had changed his underwear.

Video: 101GG

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