The Russian government has rejected a request from Nigerian supporters seeking to carry live chickens into the World Cup stadiums.
The Super Eagles will face Croatia on Saturday night at the Kaliningrad stadium.
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.