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.
He told news agency 24Sata: "Believe me, it wasn't intentional.
"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 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 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 added: : "Immediately she removed the hen from the scene of the accident and said nothing.
"However, I was very sorry, so I sent her a letter and a new hen to apologise."
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