No live chickens at the World Cup for Nigeria fans
Chicken on plates, no problem. In the stadiums, not so much.
A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches.
Some fans dye chickens in the national colors as a good luck symbol, including those from Nigeria, who play Argentina on Saturday in Kaliningrad.
Russia’s Interfax news agency quotes regional culture and tourism minister Andrei Yermak as saying “fans from Nigeria asked whether they could bring a chicken to the stadium. It’s their symbol and people support the team with them at all the games. We told them they can’t bring a live chicken at all.”
If Nigerian fans want to support their team elsewhere, Yermak says a government advice hotline can “advise them where to buy a chicken. We’re prepared to satisfy even the most eccentric requests.”
Nigeria got a similar refusal at the 2010 World Cup, when the South African Press Association reported Nigerian fans were angered their chicken wasn’t allowed into the stadium in Johannesburg.
SAPA said the chicken on that occasion was dyed in the team’s colors and had its claws bound by black tape. The agency quoted fan John Okoro as calling the refusal “ridiculous.”
The Worst Haircuts Of The World Cup
The World Cup only comes around every four years. In that time, soccer fans wait in agony, sustained by the belief that their team will make it to the world stage, and then win big against its foes. That is the story of sports, but this is a story of hair. Or is it? Maybe it’s actually a story about decisions—bad ones, decisions that lead to really good soccer players looking really bad on the field, embarrassing everyone who roots for them by sporting frosted tips in the year 2018. Here are the many, many bad hairstyles that I have observed at the World Cup this year (so far).
First up, Dries Mertens from Belgium:
I’m really not sure what the deal is with the renaissance that frosted tips is enjoying at this World Cup, but I personally am not a huge fan. If Merten’s hair were half a shade lighter, he would look indistinguishable from an N*SYNC member in 1999. Orange, in general: not a good look.
Let’s move on. Oh wait, we can’t—there’s more.