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Russian Football League Criticised As Bear Is Brought Out Before Match

17 April, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia?

However, with the huge online backlash, it seems unlikely that Russian Federation would make the mistake of allowing a performing bear at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in just a few weeks time.

Here's the clip of Tim performing the handover and, yes, that is his real name...

After being led out onto the side of the pitch before kick-off, the bear lead a round of applause whilst stood on his hind legs.

Even the announcer said that Tima will participate in the World Cup's opening ceremony in Moscow which is scheduled in June.

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While the game may have been overshadowed by more grandiose fixtures across the continent, Saturday's Russian Professional Football League (RPFL) schedule saw Mashuk-KMV take over FC Angusht Nazran in the big battle for 12th place.

The weird footage has been criticised by animal rights charities, with Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare charity Peta, calling it "utterly out of touch".

'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. "Common decency should compel the football league to pull this stunt, which flies in the face of the spirit of fair play", the statement added.

"Being chained up, muzzled and forced to perform unnatural acts in front of large, rowdy crowds of people causes tremendous stress and can have an untold impact on these animals, both psychological and physical".

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