FOOTBALL fans aren’t always keen on novelty factors in the beautiful game.
But these two very bizarre ways of delivering match balls are sure to have put smiles on many faces.
Forget Euro 2020 when the ball was brought to the centre circle by a remote control car.
In Chile, a match ball was hilariously delivered by a DRONE clutching a wicker basket.
The strange scenes occurred in the South American nation earlier this month.
Tricolor de Paine were paying a visit to Chimbarongo FC in the third division clash.
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The latter is famous for being the wicker capital of Chile.
And so the delivery system paid homage as a wicker basket holding the ball was flown in by a speedy drone for kick-off.
Fans certainly enjoyed it, with one saying online: “Better than the ordinary way of delivering the ball.”
Another wrote: “What a contrast between the drone and the basket with the surroundings.”
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One added: “The Cyberpunk party has everything. 10/10.”
But there was to be another head-turning moment in a different part of the world.
An Egyptian league match between Pyramids and Al Ahly, who came third at the Club World Cup, saw a novel new way of bringing the match ball to the pitch.
That’s because a food delivery driver carried it inside a bag more akin to keeping pizzas warm.
He then handed the ball to the ref – albeit unenthusiastically – before trotting off the pitch.
One fan laughed: “The deliverer looks like he hates his existence.”
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Another chimed in: “The ref did not tip him.”
One added: “Had to deliver some more pizzas after this.”
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