Animal rights groups Bluff Keep Usage at Football Game

He’ll be jailed for this!’ – Russian fan throws live rooster at manager

He’ll be jailed for this!’ – Russian fan throws live rooster at manager

Appearing to be cheerful, the bear went on to clap for the fans who were cheering back to usher in a third-division match between two Russian teams Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk.

The bear, known as "Tim" was brought out on a leash ahead of a fixture between football clubs Mashuk-KMV and Angusht.

Standing on its hind legs, the bear can be seen holding onto the ball while standing beside the pitch, moments before kick-off.

The performance, which comes just a few months before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation, has been called "inhumane" by animal rights campaigners.

It wasn't the only animal incident in Russian football over the weekend.

Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare charity PETA, told the Mirror the act is "inhumane" and called the club "out of touch".

She told the Daily Mail: "In addition to being inhumane, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright risky. Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt", she added.

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

Animal rights groups condemned the display.

Angusht, a third-tier soccer team from Nazran, said in a social media post Sunday that the bear is set to perform this summer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, though Federation Internationale de Football Association officials denied that claim, according to the BBC.

Russian football is now in the spotlight as further questions are raised about the validity and safety of the forthcoming tournament this summer.

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