Bradford City mascot sacked for being too thin

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Bradford City mascot Lenny Berry is sacked by the club after losing too much weight.

Bradford City mascot Lenny Berry has been sacked by the club after losing too much weight.

The 59-year-old, who has been the club's mascot Gent for almost 20 years, has dropped seven stone, prompting club officials to ask Berry to wear a fat suit, which he declined.

"I'm absolutely gutted," the Daily Star quotes Berry as saying. "I am a grown man and this is something I have cried over. I've been through the Bradford City fire. I've been through everything down there.

"I don't want the club getting hurt. I love the club. If you cut me open I'd be claret and amber. It's not the team and it's not the club, but I am disappointed with the way it's been dealt with."

Berry was told that he could not attend charity events or give young mascots match-day tours.

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