Barnsley fan who took live hamster to football match criticised by RSPCA

The RSPCA has criticised a Barnsley football fan who brought a live hamster to their match against Walsall on Saturday.

Footage posted on social media shows a fan with the rodent in his hood as he stands with Barnsley football fans during their game away at Walsall.

Fans nearby chant ‘he’s got a hamster in his hood’ during the clip.

But animal welfare charity the RSPCA condemned the move.

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A spokesman said: “Taking any animal to a noisy, crowded environment such as a football match is likely to be stressful.

“These are animals that need a predictable routine with warmth, peace and quiet and a place to hide in if needed.”