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Player faces uproar over kicking owl

A football player has caused an uproar and faces severe sanctions for kicking an owl which was lying prostrate on the pitch during a Colombian championship match at the weekend.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Bogota
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2011 01:19 AM IST

A football player has caused an uproar and faces severe sanctions for kicking an owl which was lying prostrate on the pitch during a Colombian championship match at the weekend.

Video footage showed that the bird was first struck by the ball near the Pereira penalty area during the match at Atletico Junior, prompting the referee to stop play.

As the referee and players discussed what to do, Pereira defender Luis Moreno -- apparently impatient over the delay with his team losing 2-1 -- was seen to kick the bird towards the touch-line with his left foot.

“The player should be severely punished for this painful, horrible act of intolerance,” Ramon Jesurum, president of the Colombian league said.

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