Posted: 23 July, 2014
Flares and phones aren't always part of sport but when they are they hurt
In light of the bloke who used a witch's hat to strike a referee, we found other items that weren't directly linked with their sports but were used as weapons.
This week a country rugby league player struck an official with a witch's hat which saw him get banned for 15 years. Talk about a weapon of mass direction.
Brett Finch - Bottle Throwing Exchange
Don't let the innocent and charming Brett Finch fool you, there is definitely a mean streak. In 2004, the halfback was charged for throwing a bottle into the crowd after he was heckled by a group of Bulldogs fans.
Who could forget the Wally Lewis injustice. Fans were outraged when the Maroons captain was sin-binned for back chat in Game II of Origin 1988. I guess we can cut them some slack, they were defending their king.
A bloke used a cricket stump to harm his opponent in a cricket match at the end of 2012. It's not like there is anything else in the sport that resembles a baseball bat.
The fast-paced T20s have seen tensions rise in recent years. This year's IPL saw a fierce exchange between bat-and-ball. Kieron Pollard pulled out of his stance but that didn't stop Aussie Mitchell Starc firing a rocket at him. Pollard threw the bat but it's no secret where he wanted to shove it.
And who could forget Warnie
Yes a rocket. A fan shot a 'rocket' flare at a player in a Ukrainian football league match in 2011. Some strange things happen in the round-ball code. Take a look.
It doesn't have to be physical to hurt. During a World Cup pool match, Russian goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev, had his vision impeded when a fan probed a laser into the goalie's eyes. Algeria scored immediately off the corner to see Russia exit.
You would think this one would be a lot more common given everyone pretty much has one now. But this stunt happened at a Major League Baseball game in 2003. With no Facebook and Twitter , the Oakland Raiders fan literally threw away the opportunity to tell any of his mates live.
A baseball fan threw a helmet at an outfielder during an LA Dodgers game in 1981. The player jumped into the stands to start a brawl before he was ejected and eight fans received sanctions.
A country RL player has been given 15 years for striking with witch's hat.