Fans of NFL outfit the Detroit Lions start petition to stop Canadian band playing…

Angry American football fans have started an online petition to stop Nickelback from performing at a halftime Thanksgiving show.

According to Rolling Stone, the Canadian rock band are scheduled to provide the halftime entertainment in the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers on November 24.

However, fans of the Detroit outfit are protesting the decision as they believe it insults their city’s musical heritage, with an online petition already signed by over 20,000 people.

A statement accompanying the form says:

This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they choose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback?

The message goes on to say: “Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game.

“At least the people watching at home can mute their TV’s. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”

Nickelback were also under attack earlier this week (November 1), when a poll ran by music-based dating website Tastebuds.fm named the Canadian band as the biggest musical turnoff. They received 13% of the vote, making them more of a passion-killer than the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Coldplay.

Nickelback will release their seventh studio album ‘Here And Now’ on November 21. The LP, which is the follow-up to the band’s 2008 sixth album ‘Dark Horse’, was recorded in Mountain View Studios in Vancouver and saw the band themselves acting as producers.