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Watch: Labrador storms into a Turkish football match to play the free kick

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Spectators of the match couldn't believe their eyes when a dog suddenly appeared on the field and started to chase the ball...And especially at such an important moment!

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 28/02/2020, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


Now, it has happened before that animals run across the football field during a game, but to actually join in and play? We've never seen such great sportsmanship from a four-legged friend!

Off the bench

This Labrador was happy as could be when he realised he had 20 people to play ball with on a HUGE piece of grass. What fun! He is seen running after the ball and even grabbing it with his mouth, happily trotting away with it as if to tell the players: “come and get it”!

But the players aren’t so amused. It's an important game, after all. So Kargümrük's captain, Zeki Yildirim, rolls a ball off the field, trying to lure the playful pup out of the way. Genius technique, as the dog happily follows the ball…but only for a second. He then brings the ball back to the captain to engage in a friendly game of fetch! It’s not until Yildirim actually picks the dog up and carries him off the field that the playing comes to a stop.

That’s a red card for you

But the adorable Lab really wants to play that free kick, and shortly after, he reappears on the field, much to the players' dismay. Several men get on the task, and within a couple minutes, he is finally caught and taken aside.

If anyone cares, the score was 2 to 1 for Karagümrük. But for us, the most important thing to remember about this day is that a beautiful dog had a blast playing ball! Good for him!

Check out the adorable video below:

Stray Dog joins a football match!

During a football match of the Turkish professional football club in Istanbul’s Karagümrük, a stray dog entered the field and took control of the ball from the players. :) :)

Posted by The Voice of Stray Dogs - VOSD on Monday, February 17, 2020
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