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A 28-year soccer mystery over who slaughtered a live rooster on the pitch before a Spurs' UEFA Cup tie in Croatia has been solved.

Hajduk Split supporter Ante Baraba - now a 50-year-old lawyer - has confessed he was the fan who look the cockerel onto the pitch before the semi-final kick off and broke its neck in 1984.

The ritual killing - now part of football legend - has never been solved until Baraba's confession.

"The rooster was the symbol of Tottenham and the English fans were so arrogant. They thought they were bigger than God. So I stole a rooster from my mum and ran onto the centre of the pitch and snapped its neck," he admitted.

"I realise now I was very wrong an I apologise," he added.

He said the act had haunted him especially after the club were penalised for it.

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