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Bear Visits Professional Football League Game

Bear Visits Professional Football League Game

Shocking footage has emerged from Russian Federation showing a bear being made to hand over the match ball before a game in the third division.

In a soccer match in Russian Federation on Sunday, a bear named Tima was led to the stadium named Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk club's stadium where the match was happening.

Forced to stand on its hind legs, the bear passed the ball to the referee before appearing to clap along with the home crowd. "In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright risky", Elisa Allen said in a statement.

She told the Daily Mail: "In addition to being inhumane, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe".

The stadium commentator joked that the bear Tim would open the matches for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. "Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt", she added.

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It surely will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that football's governing body, FIFA, have moved quickly to distance themselves from this claim.

Brian da Cal, director of another animal charity, Four Paws UK said: "While some supposedly find this depressing scene "entertaining" there is nothing at all light-hearted about this kind of abuse".

"Bears, like most wild animals, are highly unpredictable and people around the world have been mauled or attacked by these animals, underlining that show business is no career for a wild animal".

With Russia set to host the next edition of FIFA World Cup beginning in June, this incident has tarnished the image of the country a bit.


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