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 By Mark Rodden

Clement d'Antibes and his famous cockerel will be absent from Euro 2016

Clement d'Antibes and his cockerel.

He's been a favourite of TV match directors since the 1998 World Cup but it looks like Clement d'Antibes and his famous cockerel will be absent from our screens at Euro 2016.

The France supporter, real name Clement Tomaszewski, has become a familiar face at international tournaments after starting to bring a live bird to matches.

The cockerel is an unofficial symbol of France and everywhere the French team goes, Tomaszewski and his feathered friend tend to show up too.

Sadly, though, it seems the cockerel will not be seen at Euro 2016 as Tomaszewski says UEFA have barred the animal from stadiums for security reasons.

Tomaszewski has tickets to all of the host country's matches at the tournament, however, and he has vowed to test the ban.

"I'm 68 years old," he told AFP.

"This is my sixth and last Euros. I'm very upset. They tell me that my cockerel is legendary but they've forbidden me from bringing it.

"Balthazar will be present during all the matches at the Euros. If he isn't allowed in, I won't go in either."


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