Referee tells of moment he told parrot: 'Beak Quiet!'
PUBLISHED: 18:31 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009
THE referee who dismissed a parrot from the touchline at a football match has spoken to the WHT about the bizarre moment. As exclusively revealed in today's WHT and online at www.whtimes24.co.uk, Gary Bailey w
THE referee who dismissed a parrot from the touchline at a football match has spoken to the WHT about the "bizarre" moment.
As exclusively revealed in today's WHT and online at www.whtimes24.co.uk, Gary Bailey was the man in charge at the now notorious cup match between Hertford Heath and Hatfield Town on Saturday.
The bird had arrived earlier with its owner, described as a woman in her 60s.
Having sat quietly in a covered cage for the first half, the feathered fan started imitating the referee's whistle early into the second period.
"It was quite a big game, and there were quite a lot of people there," said Gary, 45.
"This lady was standing right by the touchline and suddenly unveiled a big cage with this big green parrot in it.
"I didn't mind at first, but then every time I blew my whistle, the bird made exactly the same sound."
Eventually, Gary had no option but to send the parrot to the bird stands.
"The players all stopped, so I had to ask her to move the parrot.
"It was quite bizarre. The crowd were all laughing; I should've made more out of it, and got out my red card!"
Hertford Heath manager Clive Adlington, 39, revealed the woman often brings her parrot to home games.
"She brings the parrot to every game, but it's never done that before," he said.
Eventually, Hatfield Town winged it into the semi-finals of the Hertfordshire Senior Centenary Trophy, winning 5-2 after extra time.
Hatfield Town chairman Ted Collie said: "I suppose if you can take a dog to the ground you can take your pet parrot!
"We suddenly started hearing two whistles. The players were stopping and starting, and then the ref realised that it was this parrot by the touchline.
"He very politely asked the woman if she could move the parrot away from the ground.