The UEFA Conference League seems to have been caught up in the thick of things this week thanks to two unrelated incidents.
Making headlines around the corners of social media and beyond, Europe’s lowest-tier club competition has had a distressing match week, to say the least.
The first incident comes from Partizan Stadium in Serbia, where a Europa Conference League match was interrupted by an unexpected guest just minutes before the kickoff.
As players from Partizan Belgrade and Cyprian club Anorthosis Famagusta were warming up for the match, a pooch raced onto the pitch before stopping just outside the home team’s penalty area to have a poo.
Unwary of shame, as the dog relieved himself, players turned their backs on and continued their warm-ups, making for an unpleasant yet comical sight.
Video of the funny incident soon made the rounds of social media, racking up views in millions, drawing interest from fans and players alike.
Rodgers make disparaging claim
In another unrelated incident, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City endured a painful 3-2 defeat at the hands of Napoli in a riveting Europa League encounter last night.
The loss entails a third spot finish for the Foxes in the group, meaning the English outfits now stand relegated into the bottom Europa Conference League.
Even so, Leicester will have to contest a play-off round in February to secure a berth into UEFA’s newest league, which prompted a rather interesting remark from the former Liverpool boss.
Speaking about the competition, Rodgers said: “I have to be honest – I don’t even know what the competition is in all fairness.”
Leicester dropped into the Europa Conference League.— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 9, 2021
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Perhaps fans will afford Rodgers some leniency for this ignorance, given that the Conference League is currently only on its inaugural edition.