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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 October, 2003, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
St Mirren boot out mascot
Paisley Panda and his junior colleague at St Mirren Park
The Paisley Panda has been a controversial figure
Controversial St Mirren Football Club mascot Paisley Panda has been given the boot after he pretended to use a rival club's jersey as toilet paper on the pitch.

The decision came after 24-year-old sales rep Chris Kelso, who was performing inside the bear suit, was warned about his on-field behaviour by police.

And the Buddies' commercial manager, Campbell Kennedy, told his club's website: "Following several complaints from Falkirk fans at yesterday's First Division match at St Mirren Park, the club have accepted the resignation of Chris Kelso, who acted as club mascot Paisley Panda.

"Chris was spoken to by the police before yesterday's game about his behaviour at the previous Falkirk game at St Mirren Park last season.

Chris spoke with me after the game and suggested that he should resign
St Mirren commercial boss Campbell Kennedy
"Following an incident on the pitch yesterday during the pre-match warm-up, the police spoke to Chris and warned him that he may face a 'breach of the peace' charge.

"Chris spoke with me after the game and suggested that he should resign his role as Paisley Panda. After some thought, I phoned Chris last night and accepted his resignation.

"The club would like to thank Chris for his services to the club over the last couple of seasons."

Paisley Panda was last season in trouble for gesturing to Queen of the South fans with an inflatable sheep and taunting Falkirk fans about their lack of a stadium.

Strathclyde Police on Sunday confirmed that no charges had been made following the latest incident but that their inquiries were continuing.






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