Soccer Team: We Won't Stop Sacrificing Sheep
Kazakh squad catches flak for ritual
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 2:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – One of the strangest things ever uttered before a soccer match: "We are currently seeking assurance from Celtic Park that no sheep will be allowed on the premises ahead of the match." That's courtesy of the Scotland SPCA, worried that a visiting team from Kazakhstan will follow through on its pledge to slaughter a sheep before a Champions League playoff game tomorrow, reports STV News. It seems the team, Shakhter Karagandy, did so in a ceremony before its last game back home, and the coach says it's no big deal.

"All I can say is that every team and every club has its own pre-match traditions and rituals," explained Viktor Kumykov in a news conference that could have been a scene from Borat. PETA is enraged, and the Scotland SPCA says it would be a criminal offense, reports the BBC. But the coach sounds undeterred. "As far as we know, in Scotland the agriculture is very developed, so it shouldn't be an issue to find a sheep."

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Aug 29, 2013 7:32 PM CDT
The sheep wanted to die after the whole team molested it.
Aug 28, 2013 3:04 PM CDT
Aug 28, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
Perfect example of biased media,"sacrificing sheep" is an incorrect term. the correct form of this is that the sheep would be slaughtered,as in anyother form,and it's meat would be either given to the poor or if the team players were selfish,they'd each the meat. so,i don't get why this is a big deal,it's not like it's sacrifice,all it is,is charity,misunderstood by the rest of the world Unless your a vegetarian.