Pine martens may look cute, but in reality they’re weasel-like critters with sharp teeth and a bad attitude when chased by humans. They’re also wild and, when one of them ran onto the field on which a Swiss Super League game was about to be contested over the weekend, picking it up was a colossally awful idea.
Zurich defender Loris Benito found out the hard way that this was no rally squirrel gamboling about the pitch.
“In hindsight, it was obviously somewhat foolish of me,” Benito told German media. “Who knows what diseases the animal had? But I wanted to play the match and now simply trust in my immune system.”
Which seems like perhaps the second-worst idea he’s had lately.
It fell to goalkeeper Davide Da Costa to nab the marten and Zurich went on to beat Thun, 4-0.
H/T The Toe Poke