Live Chickens would be prohibited from the stadiums that host the 2018 FIFA World Cup games, the Russian Minister of Culture and Tourism for the Kaliningrad region has announced. Andrei Ermak made this disclosure when speaking to the press men about the accommodation of football fans in Russia for the World Cup.
Andrei Ermak explained that several calls were being received at the information centers making inquiries about the “dos and don’ts” of the World Cup on match days. He further explained that several Nigerians had called in to ask about the possibilities of coming in with live chickens to show their support for the super eagles of Nigeria.
“Our information center MCH-2018 receives a lot of various questions: fans from Nigeria asked if it’s possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it’s their symbol, the citizens are sick with them at all matches, we told them that to pass a live chicken, in any case, it is impossible”
“If the fans plan to support their country with live chickens at other venues other than the stadiums, we will, of course, advise them where the chicken can be bought. We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries,” the regional minister added.
Meanwhile, the minister said that Kaliningrad expects the arrival of 130 to 150 thousand fans. At each match, Russians will be up to 15 thousand people, another 10 thousand seats will be proportionally taken by fans from countries whose teams will play at the World Cup, and the remaining 10 thousand will have to be citizens of other countries. Nigeria plays Croatia for their opening group D match at the Kaliningrad stadium on Saturday by 8pm.
It must be noted that several fans of Nigeria were turned back at the stadiums in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup when they turned up with live chickens. It is a known custom of Nigerian fans to paint live chickens with green and white and dance with the live chickens to support the super eagles. The Nigerian fans use live chickens because it is very rare to catch and tame an eagle, the actual symbol of the Nigerian national team.