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Sport Russian soccer team enlists bear to kick off match

01:20  17 april  2018
01:20  17 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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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 bear handing the ball to the referee in front of a dumbstruck crowd.

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

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

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

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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