Sport Russian soccer team enlists bear to kick off match

01:20  17 april  2018
01:20  17 april  2018 Source:   MSN

Animal rights groups slam bear use at Russian soccer match

  Animal rights groups slam bear use at Russian soccer match Animal rights groups have condemned the use of a bear that performed before a Russian soccer match. The routine happened before a third-tier match Saturday in the city of Pyatigorsk. TV footage from the game showed the animal being led to the Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk club's stadium, clapping at spectators. The bear, named Tima, also held the ball before handing it over to the referee.

Mashuk-KMV went all out to entertain prior to a league match over the weekend, although the referee was rather nervous about his furry helper.

The kick - off is taken from the center spot and the ball must move into the opposition's half. After a goal, the kickoff is given to the team that has been scored against. How to do a proper kick - off in soccer ? Players should follow a set of rules when they kick start a match .

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Russian side Mashuk-KMV caught the headlines at the weekend when they used a tamed bear to kick off their Professional Football League match.

Video footage taken at the stadium in Pyatigorsk shows the furry assistant handing the ball to the referee in front of a dumbstruck crowd.

The official, unsurprisingly rather nervous at the prospect of interacting with a potential killing machine, made a swift exit and left centre stage to the bear, who received a standing ovation after leading the applause.

The announcer at Pyatigorsk's Central Stadium joked that the bear, named Tima, would open matches at the upcoming World Cup.

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Have you never attended a soccer match before? This guide will hopefully tell you what to do when going to one. If you'd like to see the teams warming up before the match , leave 1hr and 30mins before kick off .

Warm-ups before the soccer match present a wonderful opportunity for you to coach and improve your soccer team . For tournaments, be prepared to split for a water break and to extend your warm-up to accommodate overtime and penalty kicks .

Unfortunately for Mashuk, however, the side's bear-faced attempt at intimidation backfired as visitors Angusht Nazran cruised to a 3-0 victory in the third-tier clash.

Animal cruelty, or just Mashuk harmlessly panda-ing to their fans? Watch the polarising video above and let us know what you think!

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