Trained Bear Kicks Off Proceedings in Russian Club Soccer Game

Trained Bear Kicks Off Proceedings in Russian Club Soccer Game

A bear, yes you that read that correctly, an actual bear has handed over the match ball to the referee at a third division Russian soccer match.

The match between FC Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk and FC Angusht Nazran coincided with the visit of a circus, so the club took advantage to invite the animal onto the pitch.

The bear is led down the touchline with a handler before standing on its hind legs with the match ball. The animal then passes the ball to a waiting referee.

Elisa Allen, Animal Welfare Charity Director at PETA blasted the incident as cruel and "utterly out of touch".

She said: 'In addition to being inhumane, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe.

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"Bears are wild animals and as such have very specific and complex needs".

This is just the latest in a long line of troubling incidents to occur in Russian Federation ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with less than two months to go until the home nation's opening clash against Saudi Arabia.

Animal rights groups condemned the display.

She said: "The bear is the symbol of Russian Federation, so we hope the country's people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them".

However, world football governing body FIFA has denied any plans that a bear will feature in the 2018 World Cup opening ceremony.

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