Remember, eight years ago, the world discovered what a vuvuzela was during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? Not only did the ‘horns’ give people everywhere a new idea on how to really annoy your next-door neighbours, but it irritated FIFA enough that the horns were banned at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Well, this year authorities have banned something unexpected – chicken, Yes the bird. Nigerian fans have been asked to leave their chickens at home as they go to support the Super Eagles in the stadiums.

As Reuters reports, Live chickens are sometimes seen at soccer matches in Nigeria where fans paint them in the green and white colours of their national flag before holding them aloft and leading crowd chanting.

But officials in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, where Nigeria will take on Croatia on Saturday in their first outing at the World Cup, have said animals will not be allowed in
the stadium.

Andrei Yermak, Kaliningrad’s minister for culture and tourism, said that whilst there had been no official requests to do so, some Nigerian fans had asked if it would be possible to bring chickens to the match.

The ministry will advise Super Eagles fans on areas they will be allowed to carry chickens when supporting their team.

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