Braunschweig fans accused of releasing a scarf-wearing pig in Hannover before the 1st derby in 37 years

Round 12 of the 2013-14 Bundesliga kicks off on Friday night with a huge derby between Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig.

The two traditional German clubs are set to meet for the first time in 37 years this weekend, and the anticipation of facing off against their locals rivals has spawned opposing fans to up the ante in the prank stakes this week.

Police were called in action on Wednesday after locals spotted a pig, draped in a Hannover scarf and with a massive “96” and “1” written on the animal’s sides, walking through the city.

Note, the number 1 is said to have been written on the animal as reference Hannover’s former Robert Enke, who committed suicide back in 2009 as a result of suffering from depression.

According to reports, a motorist narrowly avoided colliding with the pig, and after that close shave the man took the animal to a shelter where the police were informed about the happening.

The Hannover fans however are also said to have played pranks on Braunschweig, as police found a series of yellow wooden crosses in Brunswick.

Pictures of the pig dressed up as a Hannover fan and the yellow crosses can be seen below.