Bear Hands Over The Ball In Russian Third Division Game

The World Cup in Russia this summer already has questions of corruption, doping, racism, homophobia and hooliganism hanging over it and now the country that will host the tournament has added bears into the equation.

When the hosts for both World Cups of 2018 and 2022 were decided at the same time and they were handed to Russia and Qatar there were mass outcries of corruption in FIFA and questions as to how the two bids won.

Police use water cannons to split Russian and English fans at the Euros. Image: PA Images
Police use water cannons to split Russian and English fans at the Euros. Image: PA Images

Russian sport has faced questions about doping whilst there are worries that fans and players alike could be under threat of homophobia and racism in the country and the hooligan attacks from France two summers ago adds further worry.

All in all it could be a rip roaring time in Russia!

Now there's one more thing to add to the list of things we don't want to see at the World Cup, actual bears performing tricks. At a Russian third division game at the weekend between FC Angusht Nazran and Mashuk-KMV a bear handed over the ball to the referee before clapping to the crowd:

You can't for one minute expect that the bear was too excited to be doing this before he was taught to do it, probably not in the friendliest of environments for that matter.

At very least this is a pretty cruel circus act but at worse there's going to be some rather dark animal cruelty at play here.

It's not actually likely that the bear, Tim his name is apparently, will be at the World Cup, although according to Four Four Two the stadium announcer did joke that he would be opening the competition.

If that were the case then we would hope that Tim would take revenge and maul a FIFA official or two.

Of course we are looking forward to the World Cup in the summer and all its lovely football, and it'll be the same again in four years, but there's lots of questionable things going on with both tournaments, like the human rights in Qatar, please don't add animal cruelty to the list.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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