A brilliant moment of comedy arrived at the end of Panathinaikos’ disappointing 1-all home draw with Asteras Tripolis on Saturday.
With the game drifting to its natural conclusion, the visitors made a late substitution to presumably look to waste a few valuable seconds as they sought to claim a point on the road. As the substitution was unfolding, a youth managed to run onto the pitch, but quickly found himself being chased by two security officials.
Running for his freedom, the youth headed towards a group of players, where Asteras’ forward Andria Bastia was standing. And rather than let the officials catch the kid, Bastia decided to take matters into his own hands, sticking out a leg and catching the trespasser around his groin, sending the kid tumbling to the floor. Once grounded, the ground staff pounced.
But that was not the end of the matter.
Having seen the incident, the man in black immediately sent off the ponytailed striker, in a truly bizarre moment. Cue the instant kerfuffle on the pitch between the players.
See Adrian Bastia get sent off here.