FC Zurich warned by Swiss FA after club president's DOG invades pitch during match and he's forced to chase it off

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.

Red-faced club president Ancillo Canepa was watching Zurich's 1-1 Super League draw 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 raced on and led her away.

Dogs are not allowed in stadiums in Switzerland.

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."

Chilla becomes just the latest in a series of non-human pitch invaders to hit the headlines.


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Oadby Town's Christmas clash with Leicester Nirvana in the United Counties League was abandoned late on for safety reasons after a "large Alsatian" ran on.

And an alpaca halted Ilkley Town's clash with Carlton Athletic in West Yorkshire last September – the same month a parrot interrupted a Brazil women's international.

Cats, dogs, squirrels, chickens, owls and even pine martens have previously taken to the field midway through fixtures.

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