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CL manager plans to slaughter sheep

Viktor Kumykov says a sacrificial ritual is not out of the question

By | 28th August 2013
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Shakhter Karagandy sacrificed a sheep before the club’s first leg Champions League match against Celtic last week and manager Viktor Kumykov has not ruled out that the club will repeat the action before the second leg in Scotland on Wednesday. According to the BBCthe Scottish SPCA has told the manager that performing the ritual outside of an approved area could result in legal ramifications.

Kumykov was asked if he would perform the sacrificial ritual once again ahead of his match to which the manager replied that it is possible.

“Possibly, yes. It shouldn’t be too difficult finding a sheep in Scotland,” Kumykov said, according to the BBC.

While it’s true that Kumykov should have no issues finding a sheep, Scottish animal rights groups have sprung into action to try and stop the manager from moving forward with his actions. Peta pushed UEFA President Michael Platini to punish Kumykov for sacrificing the first sheep last week while animal rights group Scotland for Animals has begun a campaign to get the public to have Celtic step in to stop the event from happening.

Shakhter Karagandy is from Kazakhstan and Kumykov spoke through an interpreter to defend the traditions of the country.

“All I can say is that every team and every club has its own pre-match traditions and rituals. 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,” Kumykov said, according to the BBC.

It seemed the ritual worked for Shakhter Karagandy in the first match as the club currently lead Celtic 2-0 heading into Scotland for the second leg. If Shakhter wins, the side will go through to the Champions League Group Stage.

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