Milan, July 9: The Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero has humorously offered state protection for Paul, the psychic octopus, who has received death threats from German fans over his World Cup predictions.
Paul, from Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, had correctly predicted the outcome of all six of Germany"s matches, including the 1-0 semi-final loss to Spain, by choosing to eat food from boxes adorned with the flags of Germany and its rivals.
Now Spain"s politicians are reportedly worried that some German fans may take their “revenge" on the octopus for their team"s exit.
“I am concerned for the octopus, I am thinking of sending him a protective team," News.com.au quoted Zapatero, as saying as according to ANI reports.
Spanish Environment and Fisheries Minister, Elena Espinosa, suggested a adjournment on going after Paul.
“On Monday, I shall be at the European Council of Ministers and I shall be asking for a [fishing] ban on Paul the octopus so the Germans do not eat him," Elena said.
The threat to Paul"s life has escalated after some sections of the German fans were spotted singing anti-octopus songs.
According to a local newspaper, there have been “a host of comments on Facebook, Twitter suggesting Paul should be fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella," as according to ANI reports
“Others wanted to throw him into the shark tank," the paper added.
Paul had correctly predicted Germany's win over England and Argentina before making a prediction that Spain would win against Germany in the Semi-finals.
If the eight-limbed oracle survives the threats, fans would be thinking twice about dismissing his advice in future.