Croatian semi-professional footballer sent off for killing a chicken

The most bizarre red card in football history was awarded on Saturday in Croatia.

Semi-professional player Ivan Gazdek managed to get himself sent off for NK Jelengrad against Jasenovac for killing a chicken.

Yes, we are being serious. The incident in northern Croatia is scarcely believable and a you can watch it in the video below.

Just a warning, the footage is pretty graphic and some readers may find it upsetting.

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https://youtube.com/watch?v=lKWxjXR8ivA

Gazdek can be seen jogging over to the flock of chickens, before booting one and then proceeding to throw the animal over a fence.

The 23-year-old told media after the game that the referee sent him off for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ in the aftermath.

Trying to explain his actions, Gazdek told local news station 24 Sata: “Believe me, it was not intentional. The result was far from certain at that moment and I was nervous.

“Chickens are constantly entering the field, so the game must be stopped. The terrain is full of faeces, these are unhygienic conditions.

“I ran to the chickens a little to chase them away, I swung my foot and killed one by accident, f*** it.”

As per Daily Mail, Gazdek said the woman who owned the chicken did not protest against his actions, but the player has now sent her an apology note.

A truly crazy incident, but NK Jelengrad still went on to win the game 8-1, with Gazdek’s red card coming when his side were only 2-1 up.

Gazdek will reportedly receive no further punishment from his club.

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