#WorldCupWith360nobs: Russia Bars Nigerian Fans From Bringing Live Chicken To Stadium
The Russian government has rejected a request by supporters of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to bring in live chickens into the Kaliningrad Stadium.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be playing Croatia in it’s first game of the 2018 World Cup at the Kaliningrad stadium on Saturday by 8pm and it’s supporters believe that live chicken painted in green and white, brings goodluck for their team.
But while reacting to the request by the Nigerian supporters, Russian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Andrei Ernak, told interfax.ru that there is no way the supporters from West Africa would be allowed into the stadium with live chickens.
Ernak said, ”Our information center FM-2018 receives a lot of various questions.
“So, fans from Nigeria asked whether it is possible to go to the stadium with a chicken. This is their symbol, citizens are seen with them in all matches.
“We told them that it’s by no means possible to come with a live chicken.
”But if the Nigerians are rooting for their team in other places, 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.
Bear in mind that Nigeria fans were turned away from Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 after their demand to take chickens, painted in the nation’s colours into the stadium was refused.