In Russia, invented a amusing way to attract attention to soccer

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

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

At the start of the Russian Football League third division game between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk, a grizzly bear was "used" to hand the match ball to match referee.

"Bears are not willing performers, so Russian circuses and other lousy acts take them from their mothers as babies and then "train" them using beatings, electric shocks, cigarette burns and food deprivation to make them perform belittling, stupid tricks like this, which make no sense to them".

The bear, wearing a muzzle, then sat in front of the crowd and clapped before standing on its hind legs while holding a soccer ball.

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The freaky footage has been criticised by animal rights charities, with Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare charity Peta, calling it "utterly out of touch".

The stunt elicited sharp condemnation from animal welfare groups.

Forget all the question marks over Russian Federation hosting this year's World Cup, they've found the answer in getting everyone's attention away from unfinished stadiums and political dramas - all they need is more bears.

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She said: "In addition to being inhumane, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe".

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

Unconfirmed reports claim this was a rehearsal to see if the bear could perform a ball handover at the World Cup this summer.

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