Bear at Football Stadium – level 3

20-04-2018 15:00

A circus bear named Tina come out onto a football pitch in Russia to hype up the crowd. The real-life mascot handed the ball to the referee and clapped, facing the spectators before the start of the game.

Animal welfare groups condemned the act, calling it inhumane. Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup, but FIFA said that the bear will not be making an appearance.

Difficult words: hype up (excite, make happy), mascot (an animal or a character that represents a sports team), condemn (criticise), welfare (well-being), inhumane (cruel), appearance (will not be present, will not come).

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