A near disaster was barely avoided during a recent soccer match between Iranian side Sepahan and Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli. Play was briefly interrupted in the first half after a fan threw an object onto the field and the referees went over to remove it. Sepahan midfielder Adel Kolahkaj ended up picking up the object and tossing it off the field, and as you can see from the video above it turned out to be an explosive.
Had Kolahkaj held onto the object for a few seconds longer or picked it up a few seconds later, he would have lost a hand. The match was initially called off but play resumed after security officials conducted an inspection.
We’ve seen soccer fans do some crazy things like bring a dead body to a match of throw tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, but this completely crosses the line. Then again, soccer fans have been known to cross the line on plenty of occasions.