The exception, of course, is the parrot. Who wouldn't want a brightly colored companion who could emulate your every catchphrase?
If you did own one, we suggest not taking it to the soccer pitch. As we learned today, things could get ugly.
Referee Gary Bailey began to notice the woman's feathered friend was emulating the sound of his whistle after he made a call. So he was forced to give the bird the old heave-ho."The seven-goal shoot-out between Hatfield Town and Hertford Heath turned to chaos when the bright green parrot began distracting players, causing the match to stop and start repeatedly.
""I didn't mind at first. But then every time I blew my whistle the bird made exactly the same sound.
"The players all stopped so I had to ask her to move the parrot.
"It was bizarre. The crowd were all laughing.
"Looking back I should have made far more of it and got out my red card to show to the parrot."
Parrot banned from football ground for imitating referee's whistle (Telegraph)