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Uruguayan club Fenix handed sanction after chicken-kicking fiasco

Animal rights groups have condemned the actions of Gaston Alegari after he was photographed kicking a chicken on Sunday.

Uruguay's football association has sanctioned first-division club Fenix after two chickens were let loose on the pitch in a game against Racing on Sunday.

The incident has also made club director Gaston Alegari a target of criticism from animal rights groups and fans after he violently kicked the chicken off the pitch.

Alegari took to Twitter on Monday to apologise for his behaviour.

"I'm sorry for the events that happened yesterday," he wrote. "That's not my way of acting. The situation of the moment led me to react in an unmeasured and inadequate way. I want to publicly apologise for my actions."

The Uruguayan association decided on Tuesday that Fenix will have to play one match away from their home stadium because of the incident.

The two chickens were painted in white and green, the colors of Racing.

Racing won 1-0 after scoring five minutes before the final whistle.

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