Watch as an armadillo on the pitch evades captures before being stepped on by a player as Progreso faced Maderense in a Liga de Pehuajo clash in Argentina.
Said to have been let loose by fans, the poor scurrying little creature can be seen running away from the players and officials who presumably wanted to get on with the local Buenos Aires league game.
One mean-spirited participant took matters into his own hands, stepping on the armadillo on the pitch and trapping it before a man who cared for the New World placental mammal like he was its owner carried it off and gave the attacker a piece of his mind.
The player receives a yellow card for his actions and just minutes later the match duly descends into an all-out brawl between the two sides.
Watch the armadillo on pitch above and full highlights of the resulting punch-up below: