2018 World Cup: Russia bans Nigerian supporters from bringing live chicken into stadium

Russian government has rejected request by supporters of the Super
Eagles of Nigeria to bring in live chickens to into the Kaliningrad
Stadium.

The Kaliningrad Stadium is the venue of Super Eagles' World Cup opener
against Croatia. The match is slated for Saturday 8pm.

The Supporters believe that live chicken painted in green and white,
brings goodluck for their team.

Speaking about 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.


The Nigerian supporters made the same request 8 years ago in South
Africa. Nigeria fans were turned away from Ellis Park in Johannesburg
after demanding to take chickens, painted green into the stadium where
the team lost 1-0 to Argentina.
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