Rooster thrown on soccer field in Russia to abuse coach

 16 Apr 2018 - 18:41

Rooster thrown on soccer field in Russia to abuse coach

Associated Press & AFP

Two days after a dead rooster was left outside his home as a threat World Cup winner Fabio Grosso in Italy, A rooster was thrown onto the field in Russia's second-tier soccer league as an apparent act of homophobic abuse against a coach.

Footage from Sunday's game between Fakel Voronezh and Luch-Energiya Vladivostok shows a fan picking up the apparently distressed bird, taking it to the front of the stand, and throwing it. The rooster flutters over to the touchline as the man cheers and makes an obscene gesture.

Other fans are heard chanting "Rooster," which is often used as a term of anti-gay abuse in Russia. Vladivostok's fans have frequently aimed abuse at coach Alexander Grigoryan this season.

It wasn't the only animal incident in Russian soccer over the weekend. Before a third-tier game, a trained bear was sent out to ceremonially present the ball to the referee.

In a separate incident of separate motive, Fabio Grosso, who coaches Serie B side Bari, had revealed a dead Rooster was left outside his home as a threat ahead of Saturday's league game against Pescara.

The bitter rivalry between the two clubs on the Italian Adriatic coast has intensified since

Grosso, who lives near Pescara, took over as coach of their southern rivals last year.

The intimidation intensified in the run-up to Saturday's 2-2 draw between the two clubs at Pescara's Stadio Adriatico.

The outside walls of Grosso's family home in Spoltore, near Pescara, were covered with graffiti, while a Rooster, which is the symbol of Bari, was found hanging lifeless at the gate.

Paper bombs were also exploded outside the team hotel the night before the match, in a bid to prevent Bari players sleeping.

Giovanni Loseto, a member of Grosso's coaching staff, was reported to have been threatened with baseball bats by a group of Pescara ultras.

"Unfortunately, the name of Pescara has been sullied by these few individuals," Grosso, a former

Inter Milan and Juventus defender who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, said after the match.

"I don't want to talk about it because I have always lived there, I will always live here and the errors of a few won't change my view that Pescara is a very civilised city."