Of all the requests one could make of English football fans, not dressing as a squirrel is not usually high on the list.
But at Scunthorpe United in eastern Britain, fans were asked not to dress as the animals for former club manager Alan Knill's return Saturday with his current team, Torquay.
The squirrel threat resulted from an incident last year when Knill collided with a squirrel while out cycling. Knill fell and suffered minor injuries, while the squirrel, which was mangled in the bicycle spokes, died.
The incident is often the butt of jokes for the manager.
The match was Knill's first return to the League Two team since he was sacked last October and speculation was rife about what kind of reception he would receive.
One Scunthorpe fan tweeted the club asking if fans wearing squirrel outfits would be banned.
United's reply: "No you won't be banned. However, the club would prefer it if you don't dress up in 'squirrel attire'."
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