There was some unfortunate fowl play in a recent lower-league football match in Croatia when a player was sent off for killing a chicken that had strayed onto the pitch.
NK Jelengrad were taking on Jasenovac in the 2nd Sisak-Moslavina County League when a group of poultry made their way onto the field from a nearby farm.Enraged at the encroachment, Jelengrad’s Ivan Gazdek, 23, chased the hens before aiming a kick at one, killing it dead.
Gazdek was reportedly handed a straight red card by the referee afterwards for “unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The player later apologized to the late chicken’s owner, saying he had sent him a new bird by means of compensation.
However, he said he was angry about the “unhygienic” rural conditions which prompted his outburst.
“Chickens constantly enter the field. The terrain is full of faeces – these are unhygienic conditions,” Gazdek said, according to local outlet 24 Sata.
“I ran a little to the chickens to chase them off, I swung my foot and killed one by accident. F*ck it. The referee ran up to me and showed me a direct red card.
“Believe me, I did not intentionally kill this chicken. I apologized to the owner by letter and sent her a new chicken”.
“I have a dog, two cats, and I also had a parrot, which recently sadly died,” Gazdek added in an apparent attempt to deflect further criticism.
And I mean…If nothing turns out of Gazdek’s career as a football player, the young man should turn to a slaughterhouse. There are also defenseless animals there, who are killed with kicks, without the perpetrators getting the red card.
Only the unsanitary conditions in the slaughterhouse would not satisfy Gazdek’s guidelines, but assholes get used to it very quickly.
My best regards to all, Venus