A Croatian football fan has solved one of football folklore’s greatest mysteries by revealed that it was he who killed a live rooster on the pitch ahead of a Tottenham Hotspur match.
The bizarre incident happened ahead of a UEFA Cup semi-final against Hajduk Split in 1984.
The Croatian side were fined 3,000 Swiss francs and banned from playing home matches after an unidentified fan ran onto the pitch before kick-off and broke the neck of a cockerel.
Yesterday, a 50-year-old lawyer finally claimed responsibility for the slaughter, which was described by UEFA as a “hostile act”.
Anthony Barabbas outed himself as the chicken choker and claimed that Spurs’ arrogance was his motive.
Barabbas said: “The rooster was the symbol of Tottenham and the English fans were so arrogant. They thought they were bigger than God.
“So I drank a beer, stole a rooster from a bar and ran onto the centre of the pitch and snapped its neck. I realise now I was very wrong and I apologise.
“I’m sorry, really I was wrong. I can only blame my immeasurable love of Hadjuk.”