Bear Forced To Do 'Sickening' Tricks at Soccer Match in Russian Federation

Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia

The bear, named Tim, was made to perform Saturday at a game between Russian teams Angusht and Mashuk-KMV in Pyatigorsk, according to BBC Sport.

The bear is led down the touchline with a handler before standing on its hind legs with the match ball.

To be honest, let's not just stop at handing over match balls, why not get a bear to officiate one of the boring games of the tournament?

"In addition to being inhumane, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe", Allen was quoted as saying by the BBC Sport.

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. Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt'.

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Express.co.uk has contacted Federation Internationale de Football Association for further comment on the shocking incident.

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".

She said that bears are wild and their hnadlers should always take note of their needs.

Russian football is now in the spotlight as further questions are raised about the validity and safety of the forthcoming tournament this summer. He was even muzzled with a black strap as he was seen performing tricks.

Fears are growing that trouble will mar this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, with racism, homophobia and hooliganism cited as potential issues.

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