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Friday, April 23, 1999 Published at 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK


Dancing swan in hot water

Cyril: Flung his wings around Swansea scorer

Controversial football mascot Cyril the Swan is facing a disciplinary hearing for over-exuberance on the pitch.

The BBC's Matthew Richards reports on Cyril's antics, on and off the pitch
He is charged with bringing the game into disrepute after celebrating a home goal by dancing on the pitch.

Swansea City's 10ft-high crowd-pleaser will appear before the Football Association of Wales on Friday afternoon. Both he and the club are charged with the same offence.

He was reported by a referee during Swansea's 3-0 FA Cup win over Millwall last November. As well as dancing with delight, Cyril flung his wings around scorer Martin Thomas.

The BBC's Mark Hutchings: The mascot ran onto the pitch and put an embracing wing around scorer Martin Thomas
Peter Day, Swansea City Chief Executive, said: "It was just exuberance on Cyril's behalf."

One of Manchester United's top solicitors will be speaking for Cyril, who is called a "mute swan" by Swansea.

Last March, Aston Villa's mascot Hercules the Lion was sacked for unprofessional behaviour. He hugged and kissed Miss Aston Villa, and insisted his actions were in jest.

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