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VIDEO: Monkey presents match ball to referee before Japan game

The Hanshin football derby in Japan witnessed a monkey presenting the referee with the matchball prior to kickoff.

The league contest between home side Cerezo Osaka and rivals Vissel Kobe took place at the Nagai stadium.

The hosts decided to invite a small macaque to take centre-stage during the pre-match ceremonies.

The monkey was dressed in a pink Osaka kit and walked to the side of the pitch, where he took up position in front of the two teams.

As the home supporters cheered, the monkey presented the ball to referee Hiromu Kimura, who bowed down to collect it, before leaving the pitch.

The pre-match monkey business appeared to work in Osaka's favour, however, as Kenyu Sugimoto and Matej Jonjic fired them to a 3-1 win over Lukas Podolski's Vissel Kobe.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 KSA 20:54 - GMT 17:54
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