By George Stephens • 09 November 2019 • 12:27
A footballer was sent off for killing a chicken ‘accidentally’ while swinging his boot.
Croatian amateur player Ivan Gazdek, playing for FK Zelengrad, said he was attempting to chase a group of birds away.
He then killed one before being sent off, with the home side winning by a single goal. They went on to win their match 8-1.
“Believe me, it wasn’t intentional” said Ivan.
He went on to explain “The game was in a sensitive moment and I was nervous. Even in the dressing room, we had had a bit of a fight.
“Chickens are constantly entering the field, so the game has to be stopped. The grass is covered in bird poo, it’s very unhygienic.
“I ran to the chickens a little to chase them away, I swung my foot and killed one by accident.”
Gazdek then after he realised he had killed the chicken- threw the animal over the fence amid a plethora of feathers, before apologising to the chicken’s owner with the gift of a new one.
He said “Immediately she removed the hen from the scene of the accident but she said nothing – However, I was very sorry, so I sent her a letter and a new hen to apologise.”
The referee clearly thought it was foul play and gave the player a straight red.
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