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Northern Ireland fan banned for doing the 'Birdie Dance' vs. Latvia

A Northern Ireland fan has received a one-year stadium ban at Windsor Park after performing the dance to the "Birdie Song" during a game against Latvia in November.

He could even have been banned from attending all football matches for five years for his comedic interlude. 

Appearing at Belfast Magistrates Court this week, James Burns admitted to "unlawfully going on to an area where football spectators are not allowed" to perform his rendition of the dance to the decades-old classic.

The court heard that Burns approached the touchline during the match at Windsor Park and proceeded to jig around. Unfortunately for him, the incident was captured on CCTV, and the aforementioned charge was duly brought against him.

According to BBC Northern Ireland, prosecutors were originally seeking a banning order that would have seen the 24-year-old excluded from all regulated games in Northern Ireland for up to five years.

Instead, Burns was bound over to keep the peace by staying away from home international games at Windsor Park for the next 12 months. He was also hit with a fine of £750.

That's one expensive chicken dance.


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