Wednesday, July 28, 1999 Published at 06:53 GMT 07:53 UK
US helps solve Welsh 'mascot rage'
Cyril appears on stage with his supporters
The Football Association of Wales is drawing up a new code of conduct to keep mascots like Cyril the Swan under control.
Officials have asked for guidance from America, where the use of mascots is common throughout sport.
Chairman of the association's disciplinary panel, Alan Evans, said: "We have gone to American football and baseball because that's where the mascot first originated.
"I think when we've got those answers we'll try to put together a formula to apply to mascots as they are used in Welsh football."
"I think we have to say as we do with players' conduct there are certain things that are acceptable in terms of appealing to the crowd and there are certain things you must not do."
Supporters' spokesman John Button does not want Cyril's wings to be clipped.
"He is only just over a year old and he is a big cygnet really. I don't think he should be penned in.
"It was a sledgehammer to crack a nut."
The fame (or notoriety) has brought widespread publicity for Cyril.
He has made a record, appeared on the National Lottery television programme and will spread his acting wings in pantomime in Swansea at the end of the year.