A CLAIRVOYANT owl that will pick the results of Euro 2012 football matches has been unveiled today in London.
Barney the Psychic Owl will predict the winners of games every tournament match day in Poland and Ukraine at 4pm.
Emmanuel Olisadebe European Cup organisers, who own the mystic bird, insist this is in no way a publicity stunt.
“Like Paul the Octopus in 2010, Barney the Psychic Owl is set to become one the prevailing features of the tournament. We’re very proud to be associated with him and any additional television revenue he brings,” said an Olisadebe spokesman at the launch.
It would appear Barney’s predictions are made through a series of screeches and eye signals.
Asked to interpret these signs at the launch event, organisers were evasive.
“Barney can not only call the results of football matches, but also pick winners at the track. The dark-haired fellow in Wood Green Weatherspoon’s who sold it to us was very explicit about that and also very convincing,” continued the spokesman, showing the nonplussed novelty runners in the 4.15 at Uttoxeter.