April 15 match of the 27th round of the Professional Football League (the second Russian division) in Pyatigorsk opened a circus bear with a trainer. He appeared before the start of the game between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht, when both North Caucasian teams had already entered the field.
First, a bear named Tim muzzled the audience in a muzzle. When he took the ball into the paws, the chief referee of the match approached him and took him. This involved the participation of the bear in the match.
During the match through the loudspeaker they announced that Tim’s bear will participate in the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. FIFA said that this information is not true.
The incident was noticed abroad, and the movie with the bear became viral. Commentators questioned the reality of what was happening, but making sure that it was not a fake, they began to ask how much “pain and violence” the beast had suffered.
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The head of the British Society for the Protection of Animals PETA Elisa Allen (Elisa Allen) criticized the decision of the organizers of the match to withdraw the bear and called it a violation of animal rights. The head of the organization expressed hope that the Russians will again begin to be proud of the bears as their national symbol and will stop mocking them.
Not only is it inhuman and beyond understanding, to use a bear as a captive servant to deliver a soccer ball – this is also extremely dangerous. Although, as often happens, the teeth and claws of the animal with cruelty are removed.
“Angusht” defeated the opponent with a score of 3: 0.