Heerenveen’s trip to Heracles in the Dutch Eredivisie was interrupted by a chicken on the pitch in the first-half.
Shortly after kick-off at Polman Stadion in Almelo on Sunday, the referee stopped the match due to the unexpected intrusion.
Possibly smuggled into the ground and released by a supporter, the elegant bird suddenly appeared near one of the penalty areas in the third minute.
23-year-old Heracles captain Dario Van den Buijs took it upon himself to approach the chicken but was quickly outmanoeuvred.
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One of the stadium staff was eventually able to catch it, garnering a cheer from the crowd observing the chase.
The home fans had thrown eggs onto the pitch before the game as part of a protest against the stadium being renamed.