Torquay United's seagull mascot, Gilbert the Gull, allegedly swore at fans of the football club and challenged them to a fight.
According to a message thread on a Torquay United Fan's Forum, Gilbert "called us a bunch of "c***s and c**ks" (asterisks in quote).
Reaction across social media has been split.
The Chief Executive of Torquay United, Andrew Candy, told the Torquay Herald, "There was no malicious intent in what was said but things were said that, in hindsight, should not have been.
"Gilbert has been spoken to and been told that this should not have happened and that this will not happen in the future."