Sent off for a fowl! Footballer is given a red card for killing a CHICKEN during a match in Croatia
- Ivan Gazdek, 23, was playing football in Croatia when chickens ran on the pitch
- Athlete was filmed chasing after the flock before kicking one of the animals dead
- He then picked up the chicken’s body and hurled it over a nearby fence
- He was shown a straight red card by the referee for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’
A Croatian footballer was shown a straight red card during a match for kicking a chicken to death after it ran on to the pitch.
Ivan Gazdek, 23, was playing for NK Jelengrad against Jasenovac in a semi-professional match in northern Croatia on Saturday when the incident happened.
Video shows Gazdek chasing after a group of hens that had run on to the pitch, before kicking a ginger-coloured one that immediately drops dead.
Ivan Gazdek, 23, was shown a straight red card during a semi-professional football match in Croatia at the weekend for kicking a chicken to death after it ran on the pitch
Gazdek’s team were 2-1 up at the time when a flock of hens ran on to the field, forcing a stoppage in play the prompted a violent reaction from the athlete
He then picks up the body and takes two attempts to throw it over a fence surrounding the pitch, sending up a plume of feathers.
Speaking to local news site 24 Sata, Gazdek said that immediately after the footage stopped the referee gave him a straight red card for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’.
Explaining his actions, he added: ‘Believe me, it was not intentional. The result was far from certain at that moment and I was nervous.
‘Chickens are constantly entering the field, so the game must be stopped. The terrain is full of faeces, these are unhygienic conditions.
‘I ran to the chickens a little to chase them away, I swung my foot and killed one by accident, f*** it.’
Video shows Gazdek hurling the chicken over a fence before the referee showed him a straight red card for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’
Gazdek later apologised, saying he had not meant to kill the chicken and has since apologised to the owner and bought a replacement
He also denied that he dislikes animals, saying that he owns a dog and two cats, and used to have a parrot until it passed away recently.
Gazdek said the woman who owned the hen did not protest at the time, but that he sent her a note of apology along with a new chicken anyway.
Despite the red card, which was given when Gazdek’s team were just 2-1 up, they went on to win the match 8-1.
A team spokesman said Gazdek will not face any further punishment, and that nobody spoke about the incident after the game.
‘We ate goulash and enjoyed ourselves,’ the spokesman added.