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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.

The BBC's Rebecca John tries to catch up with Cyril
Last season, the the nine-foot high Swansea City mascot was fined and banned from the touchline for bad behaviour during an FA Cup tie against Milwall.

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.

[ image: Cyril's antics have landed him in trouble]
Cyril's antics have landed him in trouble
"We have asked a couple of clubs in the NFL and in major league baseball if they would send us guidelines for the conduct of their own mascots.

"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."

The BBC's Adrian Masters does some swanning around
According to a survey of Swansea City fans, Cyril is the best thing about the club.

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.

[ image: Further fame lies ahead]
Further fame lies ahead
"He got over-enthusiastic at one or two of our matches and unfortunately he had to appear before the Welsh FA," said Mr Button.

"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.

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