Croatian footballer in trouble with animal rights group for killing chicken on pitch
Published: Nov 12, 2019 04:28 PM

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A Croatian animal rights group said Wednesday it would file charges against a local footballer who kicked a chicken to death during a semi-professional match over the weekend.

The incident took place on Sunday when a brood of chickens ran onto a pitch in eastern Croatia. 

One of the players, Ivan Gazdek from the home team NK Jelengrad, ran after the birds, kicked one with his foot and then chucked it over the fence in a flurry of feathers.

The 23-year-old was red-carded for unsporting behavior.

The NGO Animal Friends also strongly condemned the "shameful act and cowardly behavior of the player against an innocent animal who died with crushed bones and in pain."

The group said it would file charges against the player for the "criminal act of animal killing or torture."