Champions League team set to repeat sheep sacrifice in Scotland

A screen grab from a Kazakh news outlet shows a goat being taken away shortly after it was...

A screen grab from a Kazakh news outlet shows a goat being taken away shortly after it was sacrificed.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

A soccer team from Kazakhstan raised the ire of PETA — and fans of the game around the world — after sacrificing a sheep prior to last week’s Champions League qualifier against Glasgow-based Celtic.

Well, prepare for the bloody sequel.

Shakhter Karagandy coach Viktor Kumykov told BBC the team might sacrifice another sheep prior to the second leg Wednesday in Glasgow. Of course, he might just have been trying to stir the pot.

“Possibly, yes,” Kumykov said when asked if the slaughter would be repeated, adding “It shouldn’t be too difficult finding a sheep in Scotland. As far as we know, in Scotland the agriculture is very developed, so it shouldn’t be an issue to find a sheep.”

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has already warned the Kazakh team that it would be committing a crime if a sheep is killed anywhere but a licensed premises. Scotland For Animals has asked the public to pressure Celtic enough to ensure no animals are harmed before the game.



And PETA appealed to UEFA president Michel Platini to punish Shakhter Karagandy for sacrificing a sheep before the home side’s 2-0 win last week.

But it sounds like Kumykov would ignore any requests — or demands — to forego the ritual.

“All I can say is that every team and every club has its own pre-match traditions and rituals,” he said. “Celtic must have their own. We will try to respect our traditions and those traditions have been in place even before we came to the club.

“Of course this tradition may have certain psychological impact on players that can help them to relax before the game. But, obviously, what really matters is on the football pitch, the game and the final score and you know we scored twice in the first-leg and Celtic failed to score — that’s what really matters.”


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