A sports editor in Belarus has kept a promise to eat his own newspaper after incorrectly predicting the fortunes of a local ice hockey team.
Vyacheslav Fedorenkov, who writes for the major Belarusian sports paper Pressball, had said that Dinamo Minsk would not make it to the play-offs in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Journalists report that KHL is an international league dominated by Russian teams.
But Dinamo Minsk proved him wrong, leaving Fedorenkov to eat his words.
He arrived at Minsk Arena’s press centre with a copy of the paper, a bowl of soup to make it more palatable and a can of fizzy pop.
Unfortunately he was a bit short on soup, so only managed to eat half of the pages.
Fedorenkov was in good spirits in spite of his unappetising meal, jokingly telling reporters: “I would do anything for my favourite team’’.
But he added that he would think twice before making any similar commitments in the future.
“I will be frank with you lads,” he said. “Don’t joke like this and don’t make such promises, because they are pretty difficult to deliver.’’
The was no pressure on the journalist from Dinamo Minsk, but team coach Craig Woodcroft was still impressed with the effort.
“I will remember his deed every time I enter this room,’’ Woodcroft said.