Non-League clash abandoned due to rowdy dog barking at players and referee fearing for their safety

Non-League clash abandoned due to rowdy dog barking at players and referee fearing for their safety

December 27, 2020

THEY think it's all Rover… it is now.

A Non-League game was abandoned due to safety fears when a rowdy dog repeatedly ran on the pitch and its owner failed to control it.

The referee at Oadby Town's tempestuous home clash against Leicester Nirvana maybe had the wrong type of whistle as he tried in vain to calm what onlookers called a "large Alsatian".

Nirvana were 2-1 up with 12 minutes remaining in their first United Counties League match since October.

But one of their scorers, Shaquille Master, plus Oadby's Mandeep Bains, had already been sent off.

So maybe that setter bad example to the Alsatian.

The Non League Paper suggest it was a home supporter's dog causing the problems.

And with the fan's side losing, it might be a case of the tail wagging the dog.

The final straw came when the Alsatian scampered onto the pitch in front of the technical area for THREE MINUTES.

After relentlessly trying to persuade the dog away, as well as urging the owner to rein it in, the ref eventually decided there had been excess paws in play and called time on the match.

Nirvana tweeted: "Never experienced a game not finishing due to a person and his dog both on the loose around the ground… refs said enough.. game over!”

Yet it's not the first or most spectacular time a dog has intervened in football.

Torquay stayed in the League 33 years ago after a police dog bit their right-back Jim McNichol against Crewe on the final day of the season.

McNichol's injury and treatment helped create seven minutes of stoppage time in which the Gulls bagged their vital equaliser.

But of course pride of place goes to Pickles, a mixed-breed collie who FOUND the stolen World Cup in 1966.

The Jules Rimet trophy went missing from an exhibition in Westminster – four months before England won the tournament and were on cloud canine!

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