SWISS top dogs FC Zurich fear a stadium-ban after their president’s pet pooch invaded the pitch during a game.
The Swiss FA are investigating after the third-placed top-flight side Setter bad example – as dogs are not allowed into grounds.
Chilla stays calm despite the headache she caused for FC Zurich and her owner, club president Ancillo Canepa, in the top-flight game with SionCredit: BlickTV
Chilla’s pitch ‘invasion’ could lead to a fine or stadium ban for FC ZurichCredit: BlickTV
Embarrassed FC Zurich president Ancillo Canepa had to run on and grab his dog ChillaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Red-faced club president Ancillo Canepa was watching Zurich’s Super League clash with mid-table Sion from his executive box, together with beloved mutts Chilla and Kookie, when chaos erupted.
Chilla escaped onto the pitch shortly after Zurich’s 39th-minute equaliser.
The white-coated one-year-old cavorted around, forcing the referee to stop play, before an embarrassed Canepa had to race on and lead her away.
Chilla seemed to show disdain to anxious staff before club supremo Ancillo Canepa caught herCredit: BlickTV
Dogs are not allowed in stadiums in the central European country.
Canepa said: “We could get a fine, as we did not follow the security rules.
“I fear we could get a stadium ban for three or four games.
“I don’t know how I will be able to explain myself. It is very frustrating.
“It was virtually impossible for Chilla to have got onto the field. She’d have had to go through lots of doors – or maybe she took the lift.
“She loves football, and she’ll always chase after a ball – she’s even been known to tear them to pieces.”
Sunday’s clash finished 1-1. Zurich lie third in the 10-team Super League, 21 points behind top dogs YB Berne.
Chilla has become the latest in a series of non-human pitch invaders to hit the headlines.
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