Pitch invader canine disrupts football match

Staff writer

A very persistent dog seemed determined to take part in a football match in Istanbul.

Footage of the clash between Fatih Karagumruk and visitors Giresunspor shows a couple of the home team players sizing up a free kick outside their opponents' box, when a dog rushes onto the pitch and heads straight for the ball.

And once he's got his paws on it, he doesn't want to let go.

It took several attempts to get the persistent pooch off the pitch.

The footage shows players and coaching staff at different points trying to lure the dog away with another ball, before he is eventually carried off by a player.

See what happens in the video above.